Car­rie Bick­more

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re­flects on the year as she names her top five women of 2017.

The end of the year is upon us and soon news shows will be get­ting all re­flec­tive: com­pil­ing their “best ofs” for 2017. It has been a huge year. Start­ing with the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a man-child, and fin­ish­ing with the women of Hol­ly­wood kick­ing some se­ri­ous arse.

So in celebration of the dou­ble X chro­mo­somes, I give you my top five women for 2017. 1. Magda Szuban­ski uban­ski I grew up lov­ing ving Magda on my telly like ev­ery­one ery­one else, but the day she came me out on na­tional TV on The Project ro­ject in 2012 was the day I re­alised alised she was re­ally some­thing thing spe­cial. This year, she he took brav­ery to a new level el in be­com­ing the pub­lic face ace of the same-sex mar­riage survey. Only y she will ever know the per­sonal er­sonal toll the de­bate must t have had on her, but to stand up for equal­ity so pas­sion­ately y and elo­quently against the cries of those who don’t be­lieve elieve in it was in­cred­i­bly coura­geous. oura­geous. 2. Con­nie John­son nson OAM

Speak­ing of courage, Con­nie John­son nson went through more ore in her 40 years on this planet than any hu­man should have to. She lost her mother ther to sui­cide and bat­tled can­cer three times. As I sat at her me­mo­rial ser­vice, it be­came so clear to me that Con­nie gave her Love Your Sis­ter “vil­lagers” far more than the in­cred­i­ble $5.6 mil­lion she raised for breast can­cer re­search. Through her open­ness and hon­esty, she gave breast can­cer sur­vivors and their fam­i­lies a sense of com­mu­nity, a place to laugh, to cry and to feel em­pow­ered. She de­served ev­ery bit of that Order of Aus­tral Aus­tralia that she re­ceived. 3. Amand Amanda Keller This year yea Amanda Keller was in­ducte in­ducted into the Com­mer­cial Ra­dio Hall of Fame. About bloody time time, I say. I had al­ways ad­mired Ama Amanda from afar and re­spected the w way she nav­i­gated the me­dia world with no drama, no fuss, just plain hard work. Of­ten when you mee meet your he­roes, they are not as amazi amaz­ing as you have built them up to b be. But meet­ing Amanda and sub­seq sub­se­quently be­com­ing her friend has be been even more re­ward­ing than I could have imag­ined. 4. Pi Pink We all know Pink is a star, but thi this year she also pro­vided me w with some se­ri­ous par­ent­ing as as­pi­ra­tions. She was driving he her six-year-old daughter to scho school when, out of the blue, Will Wil­low said, “Mama, I’m the ugli ugli­est girl I know… I look like a boy with long hair.” Pink stayed quiet (some­thing we don’t of­ten do as par­ents). She went home, chan­nelled her in­ner 1995 and made a Pow­er­point pre­sen­ta­tion of all the an­drog­y­nous su­per­stars she could think of, and told Wil­low that our job is to show the world more kinds of beauty. Just days af­ter Pink re­told this story in a speech at the VMAS, I met her at an in­ti­mate con­cert in LA. I was in­spired by the way she does it HER way. She brought her daughter to the gig, and let her lay around on the stage next to her as she belted out some of her most fa­mous tunes. There were no airs and graces, just a fam­ily do­ing their thing. 5. My daughter, Evie I, un­for­tu­nately, can’t have my daughter lie next to The Project desk ev­ery night. As much as I’d like that, she’d get bored in a sec­ond. But, for­tu­nately, I do get to wake up to this de­light­ful lit­tle hu­man ev­ery morn­ing and she is my favourite fe­male of 2017. Yes, ridicu­lously corny, but it’s my list and I’ll put who­ever I damn want on it! She makes ev­ery day brighter and I can only hope she has half the courage and re­silience of the women above. Car­rie co-hosts The Project, 6.30pm week­nights, on Net­work Ten.

“It may be corny, but it’s my list and I’ll put who­ever I damn want on it”

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