A podcast about women, power, and our wayward world.

BroadTalk is a space for pondering the place and power of women in Australia and around the globe, as we cast a razor-sharp gender lens over culture, politics and public policy.

Fired by feminist principles, each series tackles one of the pressing issues impacting women’s lives. Hosted by Virginia and produced by Martyn Pearce, BroadTalk hit the airwaves in 2020, with Series 1 focused on political and public leadership and the emergence of a new ‘feminisation of leadership’. Virginia unpacks what that means with a powerful A-List of interviewees, including former Australian PM Julia Gillard, Senator Marise Payne, Australia’s former Foreign Affairs Minister, Lt Gen David Morison AO, the Hon Kate Ellis, Dame Annette King and more. Series 2 gets intimate, with personal journeys shared by women who make headlines, including former MP Julia Banks, Wendy McCarthy AO, global dynamo Elizabeth Ames, and in the final episode Virginia shares her own story in front of a live audience.

Series 3 hit the election trail with a dynamic line-up of weekly panellists dissecting the 2022 Federal Election. And Series 4 is an awe-inspiring celebration of Australian Women Changemakers, to mark the launch of the Changemakers exhibition Virginia Guest Curated (2022-2024) at the Museum of Australian Democracy (MoAD): we hear from feminist icon, Dr Anne Summers AO; the amazing political trailblazer Hon Natasha Stott Despoja AO; ACTU union boss, Sally McManus; anti violence campaigner Rosie Batty AO; youth sexual consent advocate, Chanel Contos, and many more. For Series 5, BroadTalk goes global! 

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Latest Episodes

Rosie Batty: Changemaker

The former Australian of the Year tells her extraordinary story of courage in the public spotlight.

Anne Summers: Changemaker

The journalist, writer and lifelong women’s rights activist who to many is the ‘godmother of Australian feminism’.

Natasha Stott Despoja: Changemaker

The unstoppable changemaker that became Australia’s youngest ever Senator and has built a stellar career post-politics that propelled her on to the global stage as a warrior for women’s rights and gender equality.