Money Power Freedom

Money Power Freedom is a six-part series hosted by Cal Wilson (comedian) and Santilla Chingaipe (journalist and filmmaker). In each episode, Cal and Santilla work together to decode money and power, and what it means for our freedom.

Featuring experts & real life stories balanced with money how-tos, Money Power Freedom digs into our collective money story, reminding listeners that the financial hurdles so many women face aren’t personal — it’s political.

  • Shortlisted 2020 frankie magazine Good Stuff Award – Writing & Video Award Category
  • Shortlisted 2020 Australian Podcast Awards – Bullseye Award Category

Created by the Victorian Women’s Trust in partnership with Bank Australia. Available now good podcast platforms.



Santilla Chingaipe is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker based in Melbourne, Australia. She spent nearly a decade working for SBS World News which saw her report from across Africa and interview some of the continent’s most prominent leaders and report extensively on Australia’s diverse African communities.

Santilla created and hosted the Africa Talks series in partnership with the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, which explored perceptions about African-Australian identity, representation and politics. She partnered with the Wheeler Centre again to curate Australia’s first all day, anti-racism festival, Not Racist, But…, which is currently in its second season.

Her film credits include the landmark SBS documentary, Date My Race. She wrote and directed, Black As Me and her latest documentary series Third Culture Kids is currently streaming on ABC iView.

Santilla is the founder of the annual Behind the Screens initiative in partnership with The Footscray Community Arts Centre and supported by Film Victoria and Screen Australia. It aims to increase the representation of people from marginalised groups in the Australian film industry.

Her work explores contemporary migration, cultural identities and politics. She was awarded a State Library of Victoria Fellowship to research African migration to Australia pre-federation. She reports regularly for The Saturday Paper and is a member of the federal government’s advisory group on Australia-Africa relations.

Cal Wilson came across the Tasman in 2003 and has gone on to become one of our most popular comedians, a perennial favourite on television shows such as Spicks and SpecksGood News Week, Thank God You’re Here, and more recently Have You Been Paying Attention? and Hughesy We Have a Problem. Her stand up shows are as engaging as they are hilarious, often bringing the audience’s stories to life alongside her own.

In 2018, Cal was invited by Netflix to the Montreal Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal to record a Netflix Original Comedy Special which was released in early 2019. Cal was also in the writers’ rooms for the first two seasons of The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. In 2016, she landed one of her dream jobs as an ensemble cast member in Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia alongside some of the country’s brightest improvisers.

Cal continues her national touring and is returning for her 5th year as the Melbourne live show host of the worldwide smash-hit storytelling podcast The Moth. 2019 also saw Cal become a very serious children’s author, penning two books called George and the Great Bum Stampede, and George and the Great Brain Swappery.


Money Power Freedom has been created and produced by the Victorian Women’s Trust in partnership with Bank Australia—the bank with clean money.

Established in 1985, the Victorian Women’s Trust is one of the oldest women’s funds in the world. We run feminist events; conduct advocacy work and targeted research; design and implement projects; and give community grants to grassroots organisations that support women and girls.

Everything we do is about creating a better world for us all and we are 100% powered by donations from the community from people who believe that gender equality is the way forward.

Money Power Freedom is underpinned by years of research and work within the gender equality space. If you liked this podcast, please subscribe and tell your friends! And if you want to see more feminist work such as this in the world, make a donation to support our ongoing work.

Co-Hosts Cal Wilson & Santilla Chingaipe
Sound engineer Gavin Nebauer
Co-producers Maria Chetcuti & Ally Oliver-Perham
Writers Maria Chetcuti & Ally Oliver-Perham
Publicity Rebecca Young
Logo Lucy Faye
Animator and Illustrator Mari Frith
Design Ally Oliver-Perham & Esther Davies-Brown
Photography Breeana Dunbar
Research & Project Support Ebony Westman, Queenie Chung, Audrey Vong, Jacinta Hennekam, Georgia Jenkin-Smales, Jess Naylor, Bryony Green, Esther Davies-Brown
Theme music Shut Up! (Show Me With Your Shoes) lovingly donated by the Sugar Fed Leopards

We are so grateful to folks from across various sectors who helped shape our content in the name of gender equality.

Huge thanks to the entire Victorian Women’s Trust team for their hard work, enthusiasm and ongoing support. Special thanks to our dedicated donors who stay the course with us, year after year. Lastly, thank you to everyone who shared their lived experiences of money with us; your input was invaluable.


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