Friday Best is a series of conversations with young women on life as they know it.

Each week we speak with women from all walks of life about their personal story and their perspective on the world around them.

An interview is published every Friday and each guest then nominates another young woman to join in the conversation.


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Chelsea Rustrum

Chelsea Rustrum is a writer and speaker who believes we’re better off sharing. And she’s not just in it for the warm and fuzzies. She thinks we’re better off financially too.

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Elena Rossini

Elena Rossini is an Italian filmmaker, photographer, director and writer living in Paris.

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Robyn Exton

Robyn Exton is a British entrepreneur living in California. As founder and CEO of the lesbian dating app HER,

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Ash Huang

Ash Huang is a designer, writer and illustrator based in San Francisco. She has worked for Pinterest, Twitter and Dropbox and loves to barrack for the underdog.

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Elyse de Valle

Elyse de Valle is a Melbourne based artist whose talent has taken her across Australia as well as to Italy and America

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Ann Lewis

Somewhere on a wall in NYC, a little owl with the words ‘Love Life’ next to it marks the spot of Ann Lewis’s first stencil.

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Rachel Barnard

A typical day in the life of Rachel Barnard is just as likely to include a worn out pair of jeans as it is a ball gown.

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Paige Crosland Anderson

Part way through my conversation with Paige Crosland Anderson, we are interrupted by a tiny, blonde girl dressed as a mermaid.

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Jenny Peng

As a kid, Jenny Peng always spoke up. Getting her point across wasn’t always easy: she moved to Australia with her family at the age of twelve from Taiwan 

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Suralini Fernando

You know you’re speaking to someone pretty extraordinary when you have the constant urge to write most of what they say down.

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Maria Amelia Randall

It was Maria Amelia Randall’s perfectly crafted lattes that first caught the attention of fellow Friday Bester, Roisin Connolly,

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Rosealee Pearson

Rosie Pearson has just driven across the desert—from Broome to Darwin—and is grinning at me, all kind eyes and wide smile.

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Roisin Connolly

Roisin Connolly is single-minded in her desire to forge a career on her own terms. Straight out of university Roisin launched

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Eva Jaeger

When I first ask Eva Jaeger to tell me about herself over email, she replies with a photograph.

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Carolin Siebert

Carolin Siebert is only 25 years old but she speaks five languages fluently, is learning her sixth, has two kids,

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Jill Jones

Since chatting with Jill Jones I have returned again and again to something she said in her interview that stuck with me

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Olivia Murphy

Olivia Murphy is an old soul. As a child her parents used to joke that she was twelve going on 45.

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Laura Lantieri

When faced with those ‘Who are you?’ questions, Laura Lantieri’s answers are often contradictory.

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Marta Soszynska

Marta Soszynska is a crusader. She was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland, but has spent the last five years

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Jess Loudon

Jess Loudon is a lawyer turned actor who chats to me like we’ve known each other for five years rather than five minutes.

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Emma Hamilton

Emma Hamilton arrived at The Crossroads of Should and Must a few years ago while working at a department store

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Lynsay Hilsabeck

Lynsay Hilsabeck’s life is full and happy and refreshingly unconventional.

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Clare McFadden

The loveliest thing about speaking with Clare McFadden is that she’s genuinely surprised at how life has panned out for her.

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Steph Stepan

I read about Steph before I met her. Starting a new job at an independent, Melbourne based publisher was nerve wracking enough

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