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What I want is a Nightlight

Words and Artwork by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD   Walking into rooms and Feeling the choking of Gender imbalance as I Count the amount of women Falling under my gaze. I just want to walk into a room And feel it have the potential To be a home. Jumping and jingling at Night with my keys…

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Drugs and Decriminalisation

Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD  1968 America “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana…

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Community Over Competition

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Em (they/them) 24 WA Communities of practice are an essential element of a writer’s career. It’s a vulnerable yet rewarding experience, finding someone to read your writing,…

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Every Body Knows

This piece is featured in the collaborative project between WhyNot and Project See and B for Propel Youth Arts WA 2024 KickstART Festival in Western Australia. Words by Sofie Kerr (she/her) 22 WA Since I can remember, I have wanted to be a jazz singer, go to WAAPA and eventually write my own music. By…

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Too Much

Words by Jaime (she/her), 22 QLD     I was fourteen when I was called a bit much. By the time I was twenty, this had escalated to too much. I am too much. Those people are right. And my muchness is large and unwavering.   I am too much in the way that When new…

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Raise Our Voice in Parliament Together: For Good

Imagine the impact when politicians across the nation commit to echoing the concerns and aspirations of our younger generations, speaking their words on the issues that matter most to them. Let us introduce you to the Raise Our Voice in Parliament initiative. It’s where the future of Australia meets the present in a collaboration fuelled by passion…

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Part 2: Let me count the ways, it sucks to be XX and not XY

This piece was written for International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Josephine Renee (she/her) 23 QLD My dad sent me an ABC video, Companies with the biggest gender pay gaps revealed. For the first time in Australian history, the Commonwealth Workplace Gender Equity Agency published the gender and wages of businesses with more than 100…

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“Girl Math” or “Girl Economic Irresponsibility”?

This piece was written for International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Riley (she/her) 20 USA Every March, women worldwide are celebrated for their achievements, hard work, or strength. Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month after centuries of women and their contributions being overshadowed, relegated to the sidelines, or omitted altogether. For one month, the…

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Gender Equality at Work: Gen Z

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Is your workplace committed to embracing gender equality? This International Women’s Day is focussed on the fight for gender equality in economic participation. A study has shown that women’s participation in the workplace had increased to 62%. Join our Creative Residents, Caitlin (she/her),…

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Domestic Labour and the Economy

Our Creative Residents share their thoughts in response to International Women’s Day 2024. Words by Helena (she/her), 20 QLD In our contemporary world that equates work with freedom and income with protected rights, individual poverty is a death warrant. Many define poverty not as an absence of wealth but rather an absence of opportunity – an…

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