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Westpac's 200 Women stage Sydney Opera House comeback

28 February 2018

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For the sixth year running, Sydney Opera House's talks and ideas festival, All About Women celebrates International Women's Day with a full day of inspiring sessions, workshops and dancing on March 4.

This year Westpac’s 200 Women: The Listening Ground, a unique exhibition designed to highlight diversity and equality through the stories of 200 women from around the world, and one that we were lucky enough to exhibit in full on the Western Broadwalk back in October 2017, will return.

The exhibition is an extension of Westpac’s support of the storytelling project and book of the same name, 200 Women: who will change the way you see the world. It is founded on 200 interviews with women in different parts of the world and different circumstances, who are asked five fundamental questions on the theme: ‘what is most important to them’.

Felicity Duffy, Head of Women’s Markets, Westpac, said Westpac is proud to bring 200 Women: The Listening Ground to the All About Women festival as part of the two-year partnership between Westpac and the Opera House.

“Westpac has a long history of helping women achieve their full potential by assisting them to realise their financial futures, and supporting women that are driving innovation and change.

“We know that one of the best ways to empower individuals is to listen and understand their experiences, as well as give them a voice. This exhibition was inspired by this insight, which is why we’re excited to share these authentic and incredible stories with those who visit the All About Women festival,” Ms Duffy said.

Each interview in the exhibition is accompanied by a photographic portrait from award-winning photographer Kieran E. Scott – seven of which will be showcased in the Lounge, enabled by Samsung from 1st - 14th March. Sydney Opera House Principal Partner, Samsung, is enabling the exhibition – bringing together Art + TV on The Frame.

Australian women featured in the book include fashion designer, Collette Dinnigan; food personality, Maggie Beer; sociologist and academic, Dr Susan Carland; author and social commentator, Jane Caro, and senior scientist Adele Green.

200 Women is created and published by Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobday.


You can also listen to the stories of the remarkable women featured in the 200 Women: The Listening Ground exhibition by tuning into 200 Women: The Listening Ground podcast series brought to you by Westpac.

This eight-part podcast series features a selection of the 200 women featured in the storytelling project and book of the same name, 200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World.

To download the full series, visit

200 Women: Who Will Change the Way You See the World is available from book retailers or at


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