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International Women’s Day 2017

Wednesday 8th March / presented by Xanthea O’Connor Em Burrows Caitlin Nienaber

It’s International Women’s Day, celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women all over the world and calling for gender equality.

RTRFM is celebrating this important day with 24 hours of female presenters and interviews with a diverse range of women from all areas of music, arts, society and culture.


Science Corner with Sarah Lau




For international Women’s Day, Science Communicator and RTRFM presenter, Sarah Lau, is in a day early to talk about the vital and sometimes overlooked work of women in science.

Looking at women in science and the Homeward Bound program, Lego celebrating women in NASA, how wasps pick up their personalities from their Queens and can your name influence how you look?

Caitlin and Sarah talk the week in music for a very special Women’s Day Science corner.

Play Science with Sarah Lau


IWD: A Trans Perspective



As today is International Women’s Day, the question remains, where do trans people fit? If you consider yourself a woman but weren’t born one chances are you’ve dealt with a whole other layer of gender-related challenges.

Transfolk of WA is WA’s peak support and services network for trans and gender diverse people, their family and friends.

Assistant Director and RTRFM presenter Robin Litvins-Salter came into Breakfast to talk to Caitlin and tell us what International Women’s Day means to her.

Play Robin Litvins-Salter



Claire Pannell is Perth’s most prolific purveyor of music, noise and trouble.

For a good couple of decades Furchick has been waging all-out war on blandness. She’s a DIY artist  and multi-instrumentalist who incorporates punk, science and whatever else she can find into her music. She’s collaborated with countless other artists from around the world and runs her own record label.

She celebrated International Women’s Day on Breakfast with Caitlin.

Play Furchick


Rachael Dease


Pour yourself a damn fine cup of coffee and get a slice of huckleberry pie because Twin Peaks is back for 2017 and it’s inspired a group of local musicians and artists to get together in anticipation.

You can find them dancing in the Lodge of Love AKA Badlands this Friday night.

local artist Rachael Dease came into Breakfast first to speak to Caitlin.

Play Rachael Dease

Boat Show


This week’s local feature album is a Groundbreaking Masterpiece, the debut album from Boat Show.

It’s an F-YOU to the patriarchy from a bunch of chicks who don’t give a damn what anyone thinks and Last time Jenny and Ali from the band dropped by Breakfast it was an absolute mess.

So Caitlin invited them in for a second go.

Play Boat Show

Women in Music

Perth’s local music scene has always been a strong one; local music hot-spots being packed out every week, with stacked line-ups entertaining patrons for hours.

But how much of this scene is headlined by women?

Joining Em on The Mag are West Australian Music’s Industry Development officer and Admin and Membership officer and musicians Claire Hodgson and Kate Branson.

Play Women in Music



Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety Limited (ANROWS) is an independent, not-for-profit company established to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children.

A recent project, the Perpetrator Interventions Research Stream has begun, hoping to examine and explore the effectiveness of current programs for different groups of perpetrators developed by, for, and with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people.

Central are the experiences and views of women who have become victims to violence, the importance of engaging and retaining perpetrators in intervention programs, and accountability.

ANROW’S CEO Dr Heather Nancarrow came into The Mag to speak to Em.



Soroptomists Australia WA

A global network of over 80,000 woman, across 3000 clubs from 130 countries are working to educate, empower, and enable opportunities for women and girls around the world.

This is Soroptimist International.

With a club first emerging in WA back in 1949, the sisterhood now holds members across 15 different clubs spread across the state.

Barbara Davidson from the Soroptimist International of Western Australia spoke to Em on The Mag to tell us more about the organisation and its work.

Play Soroptomists Australia WA


Family & Domestic Violence

The election is only three days away and with today being International Women’s Day, we’re taking a look at how family and domestic violence is being tackled.

Recently, the federal government cut thirty-million dollars of funding from community centres.

The centres are not-for-profit, non-government organisation who aid those in need of “human rights, social justice and equity.”

Em spoke to Community Legal Centres WA executive directer Helen Creed about the the call being made for political parties to outline their plans to combat family and domestic violence before the election.



Women in Jazz


The music industry is far from simple, and becomes ever more so when viewed from the perspective of the women within.

Alana Macpherson is a performer and teacher of the saxophone, and a 2013 Jazz Performance graduate from WAAPA.

Kate Pass also graduated from the WAAPA Jazz Course in the same year, and performs in a variety of ensembles while playing the double bass and the electric bass.

Both are a part of the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra and came into The Mag to talk to Em.

Play Women in Jazz

Women in Science

In a society where there is a constant reliance on science to innovate and develop new ways of understanding our world, the role of women in the field is becoming far more notable.

As part of International Women’s Day, today we shall be taking a look at how women have moved to the forefront of scientific endeavours.

One such scientist is Dr Lisa Stinson, who is researching the origins of the Placenta. She joined Em in the studio.
Play Women in Science

Stella Donnelly


Out to Lunch saw Xanthea kicking back with Stella Donnelly of Bells Rapids and Boat Show.

The two shared their experiences of being women in the WA music scene and talked about Stella’s new album

Play Stella Donnelly

Rebecca Orchard


Xamthea sits down with Rebecca Orchard to talk International Women’s Day and the fund raiser Rebecca is hosting tonight at The Bird.

Play Rebecca Orchard



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