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Tracey Spicer in conversation with Juanita Phillips
Tracey Spicer was always the good girl. Inspired by Jana Wendt, this bogan from the Brisbane backwaters waded through the 'cruel and shallow money trench' of television to land a dream role: national news anchor for a major network
But the journalist found that, for women, TV was less about news and more about helmet hair, masses of makeup and fatuous fashion, in an era when bosses told you to 'stick your tits out', 'lose two inches off your arse', and 'quit before you're too long in the tooth'. Still, Tracey plastered on a smile and did what she was told. But when she was sacked by email after having a baby, this good girl turned 'bad', taking legal action against the network for pregnancy discrimination.
In this frank and funny 'femoir' -- part memoir, part manifesto -- Tracey 'sheconstructs' the structural barriers facing women in the workplace and encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl.
Tracey Spicer is an iconoclast.
The television, radio, newspaper and online journalist is a highly sought-after writer, speaker and trainer. Renowned for the courage of her convictions, passion for social justice and commitment to equality, she also has a wicked sense of humour. This is evident in her memoir, The Good Girl Stripped Bare, which was published by HarperCollins in April.
During her 30-year career, Tracey has anchored national news, current affairs and lifestyle programs for Network Ten, Sky News and Channel 9 in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Currently she works as a commentator on ABC TV's The Drum, opinion and travel columnist for Fairfax Media, presentation trainer at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, and media trainer for Spicer Communications.
Tracey has written, produced and presented documentaries for NGOs in Bangladesh, Kenya, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, and India, and the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia.
Her essays have appeared in dozens of books, including Women of Letters, She’s Having a Laugh, and Bewitched & Bedevilled: Women Write the Gillard Years.
The mother-of-two is an Ambassador for Dying with Dignity, ActionAid, World Vision and QUT’s Learning Potential Fund, and Patron of the Pancreatic Cancer Alliance and Cancer Council NSW.
The 49-year-old is co-founder and national convenor of Women in Media, a nationwide mentoring and networking group, backed by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance. And her TEDx Talk, ‘The Lady Stripped Bare’, has attracted almost 1.5 million views.
Juanita Phillips is a journalist and broadcaster, with a career spanning 35 years in Australia, London and the United States. She will be familiar to many in the audience as the presenter of the ABC's flagship 7pm news bulletin in Sydney, a position she has held for the past 15 years.
She started her career as a teenager, working as a newspaper cadet on The Courier-Mail, and becoming one of the youngest women at that time to become a full-time feature writer and columnist.
After 10 years in newspapers, she switched to television, working as a current affairs reporter and newsreader for the Ten Network. She was the first person on air when pay television began in Australia in 1995, as the senior presenter for Sky News Australia.
Juanita followed her interest in international news to London, where she worked as a news anchor for the BBC, and then as a senior anchor for CNN International in London and Atlanta. She returned to Australia in 2002 to take up her role with the ABC.
Juanita is also the author of a series of children's books, The Newspaper Kids, and a memoir called A Pressure Cooker Saved My Life. She has written and spoken widely on gender equity issues, including working motherhood, women's rights and domestic violence.