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The Australian Women's Weekly December 2020

The Weekly is loved for its engaging features, delicious recipes and the best in beauty, fashion, homes, books and so much more.

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in this issue

1 min

There’s no doubt about it, as a working mother the juggle is real. Just ask our Fashion Director Mattie, who has recently returned to work after the birth of her son Archer. He ended up along for the ride, as did Mattie’s sister, when she headed to the Barossa for this month’s cover shoot. In my experience it’s a rare week where you feel you’ve given the best parts of yourself to your family and your job and still had enough left to look after yourself or, heaven forbid, catch up with friends. That’s not a complaint, it’s a fact. I love my daughter more than anything, but I also love my job (it is a pretty great one, after all). It was as a mother not an editor that I read…

1 min
open line

CAPABLE HANDS She has never been to school and holds no degree but has become one of her country’s most eminent clinicians (The Barefoot Doctor, AWW, November). Mamitu Gashe has achieved this armed with a deep love of her people and a burning desire to make their lives better. The future of healthcare in Ethiopia is in safe and steady hands. M. Wouters, Bundaberg, Qld THE ONE AND ONLY There are French kisses, French mustard, the French Foreign Legion and even French letters, but there’s only one Dawn French (AWW, November). Single or married, in comedy or drama, a vicar or a restaurateur, solo or a double act, we just love her! M. Fisher, Brighton East, Vic WRITE to us Letter of the Month wins $100. Your postal address must be included in all correspondence. Please state…

1 min
letter of the month

Keeping her head above water proved to be true for Chloë McCardel in both the physical and figurative sense (Saved by the Sea, AWW, November). I felt empowered and inspired by the way she discovered her passion and purpose for competitive swimming and pursued it relentlessly. She turned her obstacles into opportunities, until coercive control in her relationship nearly robbed her of who she is. It takes courage to move forward from such an experience, and even more so to speak up about it. Chloë is a beacon of hope for other women in a similar situation. C. Sappracone, Dee Why, NSW…

3 min
in brief

The Queen returns ON HER FIRST public outing since the pandemic sent the world into lockdown, the Queen and Prince William visited the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down (above). There they spoke with personnel who helped identify and contain the Salisbury Novichok nerve agent contamination in 2018, greeted scientists engaged in the fight against COVID-19, and said a friendly hello to police dog Max. Also this month, a new official Canadian portrait of Her Majesty has been released. It was taken at Windsor Castle in March 2019. Frocktober Frolicking Julie Bishop scaled new fashion heights for a Frocktober fundraiser. The vibrant pink gown was auctioned to raise money for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Dates to remember McHAPPY DAY For every Big Mac sold on November 14, $2 goes to Ronald McDonald House…

1 min
winning women

PERFECT PRODUCER The producer behind Big Little Lies and the latest Nicole Kidman/Liane Moriarty project, Nine Perfect Strangers, Bruna Papendrea (right), has been recognised by the Adelaide Film Festival’s Don Dunstan Award. LABOUR OF LOVE After a tough first term in minority government, Jacinda Ardern received a huge vote of support from New Zealanders, winning a landslide victory. The ecstatic leader promised to govern for all New Zealanders. GENETICALLY GIFTED The Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier (right) and Jennifer Doudna (left) for their work in pioneering a gene editing tool likened to “molecular scissors” and is a considerable step in the fight against genetic diseases. AAP. AGNSW, CHRISTOPHER SNEE. GETTY IMAGES. RUSSELL JAMES/OCRF. OPPOSITE PAGE: THE NEWOFFICIAL CANADIAN PORTRAIT OF HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II. © CHRIS JACKSON/GETTY IMAGES.…

9 min
maggie beer laughter love, & loss

The year started perfectly for Maggie Beer with three generations of her family gathered for a double-whammy party. It was Maggie and husband Colin’s 50th wedding anniversary and Maggie’s landmark 75th birthday. “They’re just two days apart, a very special celebration,” says Maggie. “So we took the whole family to Noosa. We had the most beautiful time with fantastic food. Usually it’s [daughter] Saskia and I who do the cooking together, but we took our chef, Tim Bourke [from Maggie’s Barossa Valley restaurant The Farm Eatery], who’s like part of the family. I didn’t want to go out to restaurants, I just wanted to be with the family.” Local farmers and growers who knew Maggie delivered an endless supply of fresh produce for the occasion and the spread, she says, was…