- WOW opened with an Acknowledgement of Country by local women on Thursday 23 March 2017.
- Keynote speakers Boonwurrung Elder, Arweet Carolyn Briggs and Wemba-Wemba and Gunditjmara artist and researcher Paola Balla called on the audience to reflect on local Aboriginal women's stories and histories. Former Black Panther Party chair Elaine Brown traced her revolutionary roots, and its relevance today, while Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta woman Nayuka Gorrie made the personal political.
Our panellists explored what modern feminism looks like and stands for. We threw undervalued forms of women's labour into the spotlight, debated over how to achieve disability justice, and asked: What does the female gaze look like?
- Arweet Carolyn Briggs opened with stories of her family history.
- The conversation "Some Woman's Work" between Eleanor Jackson, Sadaf Saaz, Eugenia Flynn and Priya Srinivasan discussed the experience and placement of women in today's corporate structures.
- A keynote speech from WOW founder Jude Kelly about how she first started the festival in her backyard.
- "Female Gaze on Film and Stage" with Lisa French, Amos Gebhardt, Candy Bowers and Chi Vu discussed cultural safety in the industries and the politics of both Male and Female gaze.