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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Teresa Truda

Since she can remember, Teresa Truda has always felt like a little bit of an outsider – she's always pushed a little harder

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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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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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Nada Elsayed

Nada Elsayed is Sudanese, though she was born, and spent the first sixteen years of her life, in Saudi Arabia.

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Jen Newcomer

Jen Newcomer has figured out that life is either going to be type one or type two fun;

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Joanne Smyth

Joanne Smyth hesitates at first when I approach her for an interview. How, she wonders, can you explain your story to someone when you’re still trying

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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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Rebecka Jonsson

It seems as though Rebecka Jonsson’s path in life was set before she was even born.

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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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Kelly Underwood

Kelly Underwood is a mum and teacher who can’t go past the power of family.

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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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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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Sedia Bayard

If I had to describe Sedia Bayard in just a word, I would say grateful.

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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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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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Rachel Shepheard

Living in Melbourne, you sometimes have the feeling that there are far less than the fabled six degrees of separation orbiting around you.

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