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Let's take a moment to celebrate the truly kick-arse women of Australian Survivor.

Hello and welcome to our TED Talk about the glorious women of Australian Survivor: All Stars.

On the agenda today, we’ll be discussing how epic the remaining female contestants battling it out for the title of Sole Survivor are.

At the time of publishing, there are only seven players left stranded on a Fijian island playing to win $500,000. They are: David Genat, Mark “Tarzan” Herlaar, Aaron ‘AK’ Knight, Brooke Jowett, Shonee Fairfax, Moana Hope, Sharn Coombes and Jacqui Peterson.

And while there’s been a lot of talk this season about ‘Golden God’ Dave’s many brilliant moves, really, it’s all the women making big moves and blindsiding. So let’s debrief on some of their best moments, shall we?

You can watch Jacqui keeping her cool in her Survivor challenge stand off against Zach in the video below, post continues after video.

Video via Ten

1. Women winning all the immunity challenges.

Since the two Survivor tribes became one during the merge, every individual immunity challenge has been won by a woman.

Traditionally, Survivor challenges have been seen as a male domain, so to see female contestants dominating has given the term ‘challenge beast’ a much-needed new meaning.

2. Moana’s incredible fire-making comeback.

A quick recap for anyone who hasn’t been keeping up with the show: over the past two weeks, six contestants were sent to Exile Beach, a sad stretch of beach with none of the comforts of their home camps.

On Wednesday night, those six players – Zach, A.K., Shonee, Moana, Brooke and Jacqui – had two chances to earn their spot back in the game. The first was a fire-making challenge, which Moana won by a mile, despite never having made a fire with flint before… ever. Goes to show what determination and believing in yourself can achieve, no?

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In the same challenge, Shonee’s encouragement helped Brooke claim second place ahead of a cocky Zach, saving herself from elimination. It was the definition of being a hype woman.

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Everyone deserves a hype woman like Shonee. Image: Giphy.

3. We need to talk about Jacqui's epic challenge standoff against Zach.

Now, for the juicy bit.

Survivor fans will know Zach and Jacqui haven't exactly gotten along this season. Zach thought Jacqui was an old duck, and Jacqui thought Zach was a cocky alpha male. So when it came time for the second Exile Beach challenge, Jacqui was determined to win it for the women in their 50s who are sick of being underestimated.

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The challenge was a tough one. Players had to hold up 35 per cent of their body weight in sandbags by a rope. Sounds easy enough, but after 30 minutes, only Jacqui and Zach remained. After numerous attempts from Zach to intimidate Jacqui, including a condescending exchange in which he told her to 'chill, girl' (yes, really), Jacqui outlasted her opponent and became the last person safe from elimination.

BOOM.

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YES JACQUI. Image: Giphy.
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Look at this display of women supporting women! Image: Giphy.
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YES. YES. YES. Image: Giphy.

4. The ultimate blindside.

Finally, the pièce de résistance.

In a truly epic display of strategy and lying, Jacqui, Moana, Sharn, Brooke and Shonee (and A.K.) managed to blindside Dave, Tarzan and Zach by voting Zach out.

But the best bit is how Moana kept her fingerprints off the massive move so Dave was none the wiser, while ALSO signalling to the jury members (made up of eliminated contestants who ultimately decide who wins Survivor) that she was in on it. Genius.

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Here's how it went down: First, Jacqui decided she wanted to vote Zach out. Image: Giphy.
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Then, she told Moana about it, who supported the move but couldn't be involved. Image: Giphy.
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When Zach was voted out, Moana and Sharn acted very surprised. Image: Giphy.
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Finally, Moana made sure the jury knew she was involved. Genius. Image: Giphy.
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We're not the only ones loving the recent show of female empowerment on Survivor. Fans online are enjoying the kick-arse woman greatness too... almost as much as they enjoyed taking Zach down a peg or two.

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To conclude, let's take a break from all the game playing, blindsiding and alliances to celebrate the women of Australian Survivor. Moana, Jacqui, Shonee, Brooke and Sharn: you're a bunch of legends!

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