Let me take you back to 80s feminism with my guest today Maria Angelico. You might recognise Maria from her lead role in the hit show Sisters (now on Netflix) or from the gripping drama Stateless on the ABC.

We are going to talk about her favourite movie 9 to 5 with the dream team Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. But before we get there you won’t believe Maria’s own story. I wanted to start with the story of her mum who was an 80s feminist and who sadly passed away when Maria was 21. She was diagnosed with cancer and within a year Maria and her sisters were left to figure out the world without her there. Luckily it seems she was such a force of nature in her sky high heels and leather pants (even when she was helping out at the school tuckshop) that she still inspires her girls now. Maria tells the incredible story of how her role in Sisters came to be and her meeting with the indomitable TV producer Imogen Banks who is also behind some of our best loved female led Australian shows including Offspring, Paper Giants, The Beautiful Lie and Puberty Blues. We also talk through tall poppy syndrome and our own neurosis and fears that can get in the way of finding our feet and stepping into our power.

For more from Maria Angelico you can find her in Sisters on Netflix or on Instagram @mariagloriagraceangelico

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Show credits include:

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin in conversation for TED talks hosted by Pat Mitchell. The three discuss longevity, feminism, the differences between male and female friendship and what it means to live well.


Vanity Fair interview with Dolly Parton on her career and writing the hit song 9 to 5


Original audio taken from the 1980 film 9 to 5 produced by Jane Fonda, written by Patricia Resnick and Colin Higgins

A big thank you to this wonderful team:

Editing – RAWCollings

Theme Music – Avocado Junkie

Graphic Design – Emma Hackett

Photography – Anna Robinson

Styling – Hilary Holmes