Australia’s most inspiring, fearless and game-changing ladies dazzle on the Women of the Future Awards 2021 red carpet

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Some of Australia’s most inspiring and powerful women have taken to the red carpet ahead of today’s Australian Women’s Weekly 2021 Women of the Future Awards.

Now in its ninth year, the prestigious event recognises and celebrates the nation’s incredible young female trailblazers with one very deserving winner to be announced at the awards luncheon at the Sydney Opera House this afternoon.

Six powerhouse finalists from all over Australia were flown to Sydney to attend the annual event, with the overall winner to receive more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Legendary radio host Fran Kelly, businesswoman Wendy McCarthy, Sunrise host Natalie Barr, TV presenter Yumi Stynes and activist Manal Al-Shari will make up the star-studded panel, helmed by judges Caterina Nesci, Yasmin Poole and The Weekly‘s editor-in-chief Nicole Byers.

Meanwhile, Jessica Rowe, Melissa Doyle, Edwina Bartholomew, Phoebe Burgess and Kerri-Anne Kennerley are among the celebrated Aussie women to attend the 2021 event.

Keep scrolling to look at the fabulous ladies who dazzled on the red carpet.

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Sally Obermeder

Aussie media personality Sally Obermeder stunned in this blush midi dress with a plunging neckline.

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Sarah Roberts

The Home and Away fan-favourite stood out in this yellow and pink frock.

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Women of the Future 2021 event – Sarah Roberts

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Edwina Bartholomew and Nat Barr

The Channel Seven duo were all smiles as they posed for photos. Side note, Edwina is rocking her blossoming baby bump!

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Women of the Future event 2021 – Edwina Bartholomew


Melissa Doyle

The former Sunrise host walked the red carpet with her 17-year-old daughter Natalia.

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Women of the Future 2021 event – Melissa Doyle & Talia

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Kylie Gillies

The Morning Show host stunned in this emerald green asymmetrical skirt and turtle neck combo.

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Natarsha Belling

The Channel 10 personality opted for a floral blouse and green trousers for the ninth annual Women of the Future Awards.

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Natarsha Belling and Kerri-Anne Kennerley

The two TV legends enjoyed a catch-up inside the event held at Sydney Opera House.

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Women of the Future 2021 event – Kerri-Anne Kennerley

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Fiona Falkiner and Hayley Willis

Former Biggest Loser host and curve model Fiona walked the red carpet with her fiancée Hayley.

Fiona embraced the first day of summer with a floral dress while Hayley rocked this casual shirt and shorts ensemble.

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Women of the future event 2021 – Fiona Falkiner and Hayley Willis

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Blanche D’Alpuget

Blanche, the widow of former Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, looked ageless in this leopard print wrap dress.

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Jenny Kee, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Blanche D’Alpuget

Australian fashion designer Jenny Kee posed for a photo with TV legend Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Blanche D’Alpuget, the widow of the late former PM Bob Hawke.

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Women of the Future 2021 event – Jenny Kee


Jess Rowe

The beloved TV presenter was unable to attend the Women of the Future event in person, but that didn’t stop her from glamming it up at home!

“I’m stuck at home today & missing one of my favourite events @womensweeklymag lunch. BUT I’m determined to still wear my planned frock and jewels!!” Jess wrote alongside this snap on Instagram.

The former Studio 10 host rocked a crochet frock from Aussie label Romance Was Born.

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Molly Rogers and Emma Clegg

Women of the Future finalists Molly and Emma made their way into the awards ceremony, where they could walk away with $100,000 in cash and prizes.

The pair met when they were both casual disability support workers for teenagers named Jack and Maddie, and would discuss how difficult the teens found dressing, given they both used wheelchairs.


In early 2019, the pair created JAM the label – named after Jack and Maddie – to provide inclusive clothing to young people with disabilities.

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The finalists for the Women of the Future Awards posed with Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief Nicole Byers.

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Fran Kelly

Legendary radio presenter and journalist Fran Kelly poses with Australian Women’s Weekly editor-in-chief Nicole Byers.

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Nicole and sponsor La Trobe Financial CEO & President Gregory O’Neill OAM

The event, in partnership with La Trobe Financial, was also attended by deputy CEO Chris Andrews.

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