The Ednas 2021

The Edna Ryan Awards celebrate women who contribute to improving the lives of womEn and girls

Women who persist, strive, advocate and fight to make a feminist difference. 

Women who are often unsung and unrecognised.

The Edna Ryan Awards are named in honour of a woman who fought valiantly for equal pay and equal rights for women.

The fight continues and so do these awards. 

Nominations are now closed

Thank you for your submissions and interest in the Edna Ryan Awards. We are currently in the process of collating all the impressive entries.  Please check back for news on the presentation and award finalists.

“I felt from the youngest possible age that it was unfair, intolerable really, that females were regarded as second-class citizens. That was going to be the big thing that I wanted to change.”
Susan Ryan

Former Labor Senator, Minister and Age Discrimination Commissioner

Only when a society values distributive justice and multi-vocality, will the voices of its entire people be free. Only then will it be safe for each of us to add our narrative to the dominant social and political discourse. Only then will our country be equipped to engage in a fair and diverse feminist debate which has the potential to empower all.

Saba Vasefi

Journalist, academic, poet and filmmaker

“I have always known that as a woman I would need to work harder than my male counterparts to be seen as an equal, and I have made it my life’s work to do just that. It is important that we show the future generations of women that we can forge success in the face of oppression and sexism. We need to always remember that we are valuable, powerful, and we should never doubt ourselves.”

Erin Wen Ai Chew
Entrepeneur, social activist, founder of the Asian Australian Alliance 

Past AWARd recipients

“Pinch me, it’s a miracle handed out on my birthday. It could have been decided years and years ago. We’d given up hope, and now, bang, here it is in writing,”

Edna Ryan, aged 68, writing in her diary after the National Wage Case decision in 1972 that gave one and a half million women equal pay with men.

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