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"I can have tits and have an opinion!"

You are spot on Jesinta Campbell. Having boobs doesn’t mean you can’t have an intelligent opinion.

Campbell had us all fist-pumping the air when she described a recent conversation she had with her manager:

“I got a call from my manager saying, ‘You can’t wear those kind of tops on TV when you’re talking about such prominent issues… they show a little bit too much,'”she laughed.

“And I said, ‘Why can’t I show my tits and have an opinion?'”

Right on, sister!

In celebration of International Women’s Day, David Jones has released a short film, ‘Women In Conversation’ showcasing some of Australia’s finest female personalities discussing what it really means to be a woman in today’s society.

In the candid round table chat, the group – including Campbell, Jessica Rowe, and Gretel Kileen – throw anything and everything up for discussion. From equal pay to IVF, same-sex relationships to post-natal depression; nothing was off limits.

The dream team featured a hand-picked selection of our country’s best and brightest across all ages and industries.

It’s not without controversy: Fiona O’Laughlin admits to cosmetic surgery, Lucy Turnbull denounces it.

The 2012 Young Australian Of The Year Marita Cheng raises the concept of ‘imposter syndrome’ among successful women, while chef Christine Mansfield proudly talks about her lesbian relationship of the past 38 years.

The sheer breadth of topics, and the easy, sisterly way they are discussed, warms the cockles of our little lady hearts this International Women’s Day.

The video celebrates all races, all ages, all opinions, and successes. It doesn’t shy away from the spiky topics, tackling them head on.

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Lucy Turnbull.

It addresses the scary times – such as when Jacqui Lewis (co-founder of The Broad Place) had a nervous breakdown, or for philanthropist Vanessa Fennell at the death of her baby daughter Sibella. And yet it also rejoices in the happy times, successes, and accomplishments of these women.

There are poignant moments to reflect on not just far we’ve come, but how far we’ve got to go – such as when Carla McGrath (indigenous consultant) describes her struggle in the business world as an aboriginal woman.

“People think I’m there to get the coffee,” she says, “…because they don’t expect that the indigenous woman in the room is there to chair the meeting.”‘

Gretel Killeen chaired the round table discussion.

As with any gathering of women, there are plenty of laughs to be had, too.

Jesinta Campbell describes her awkward moment with her manager.

In a climate where we are constantly been warned about the warring nature of ambitious women, it is a proud moment to watch the Women In Conversation video dispel those fears of relentless competition.

It is difficult not to feel a little bit emotional during the course of the ten-and-a-bit minute video, where we’re faced with the wonderful complexity of what it is to be a woman.

Death, love, marriage, babies, struggles, celebrations and everything inbetween.

So let’s celebrate the sisterhood today, and remember EVERY DAY to love, support, and encourage our fellow ladies.

Happy International Women’s Day!

You can watch the full ‘Women In Conversation’ video, here

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