fEMPOWER | Grand Stirrer

fEMPOWER | Grand Stirrer

Formed in 2015 by the Sydney University Women’s Collective, fEMPOWER Workshops present free workshops to public and private high school students, providing them with skills to combat gender stereotypes, domestic violence and patriarchal attitudes. fEMPOWER’s 100...
Pearlie McNeill | Arts

Pearlie McNeill | Arts

For creative feminism Pearlie McNeill has been an enthusiastic feminist activist from the 1970s, particularly as a published writer and teacher. In 1979, with Marie McShea, she set up a small travelling book business. She drove a van of books by women writers up and...
Deborah Brennan | Education

Deborah Brennan | Education

For a special contribution to the education of women and girls The Award was accepted by Ann Brennan on behalf or Deborah Brennan. Over the past 30 years, Deborah Brennan has influenced many social policy advocates, having taught and supervised undergraduate, Masters...
Marilyn Hatton | Leadership

Marilyn Hatton | Leadership

For leading feminist changes in the public sphere Marilyn Hatton has worked for gender equality in the Catholic Church for over 40 years, inspired to activism when Humanae Vitae (1968) denied Catholic women their right to control fertility with contraception. Thus...
Helen L’Orange | Leadership

Helen L’Orange | Leadership

For leading feminist changes in the public sphere Helen L’Orange has demonstrated outstanding feminist leadership during her long careers in NSW and Commonwealth Government Departments, and in volunteering with the Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL). As head of...
Margot Oliver | Media

Margot Oliver | Media

For consistent promotion of feminist perspectives in the media Margot Oliver first became involved in filmmaking in the early 70s through the Women’s Film Workshop, Sydney Film Makers Coop and Sydney Women’s Film Group. She was involved in making,...
Lee Lewis | Arts

Lee Lewis | Arts

For creative feminism As Artistic Director and CEO of the Griffin Theatre Company, Lee Lewis is celebrated for her enormous influence within the Australian theatre community, in which she is a tireless advocate for ‘colour-blind’ casting and gender equity. Lee...
Mary Konstantopoulos | Sport

Mary Konstantopoulos | Sport

Mary Konstantopoulos has created an environment and an online community which celebrates women’s role in sport. Ladies Who League (rugby league), is a website to encourage more women to become involved in sport, as both participants and commentators. Spin-offs...
End Rape On Campus | Education

End Rape On Campus | Education

End Rape On Campus (EROC) Australia is a grassroots organisation run by volunteer students and sexual assault survivors. It demands the right of all Australians, especially women, to receive an education free of sexual violence and free of the fear of sexual violence....
Rae Cooper | Workforce

Rae Cooper | Workforce

Through her research into the music industry and the union movement Rae Cooper has exposed masculine structures everywhere, leading to better outcomes and positive change for women. The current discourse about flexibility, leadership and women in STEM courses means...
Hannah Wandel | Education

Hannah Wandel | Education

Hannah Wandel founded Country to Canberra in July 2014 to provide educational and leadership opportunities for young women in rural areas. It has been pivotal in encouraging these women to spread the message of gender equality, particularly in leadership roles, across...
Gabrielle Journey Jones | Arts

Gabrielle Journey Jones | Arts

Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, drummer, activist, and social worker. She is a co-founder of Creative Womyn Down Under, a group that, since 2006, has encouraged women in their creativity by organising festivals and performances. She confronts the oppression of...
Marion Brown | Leadership

Marion Brown | Leadership

Marion Brown has been making a feminist difference for women for at least the past 30 years, in fact for her whole working life. She began through her work as a lawyer at The Women’s Legal Resource Centre where she advised women, including Aboriginal women, on...
Erika Addis | Media

Erika Addis | Media

Erika Addis is one of Australia’s most highly regarded cinematographers and has worked in film and television since graduating in cinematography at the Australian Film and Television School in 1979. In an area of the media still highly dominated by men, Erika...
Nina Angelo | Arts

Nina Angelo | Arts

Nina Angelo’s Workshops, The Fabric of Our Lives give women, whether city or rural, the opportunity to tell their stories, offering a fun and safe place to explore and share life, history and community needs. Here women discover their often hidden abilities and...
Jozefa Sobski | Education

Jozefa Sobski | Education

Throughout her professional and voluntary career Jozefa Sobski has vigorously and effectively pioneered the elimination of sex discrimination in the national education system, and led feminist campaigns in education and social policy. Brought up in a migrant hostel,...
Jan Breckenridge | Education

Jan Breckenridge | Education

Jan Breckenridge has spent her long career concerned with the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on women and children. Her approach has been via research, in academia, books and publications, and teaching and training. In 1992 she co-authored a book on...
The Women’s Library | Arts

The Women’s Library | Arts

This award was accepted by Vicki Harding who was instrumental in establishing The Women’s Library   The Women’s Library opened its doors in 1994 and is currently located in Brown St Newtown behind Newtown Public Library. The library is an unfunded...
Darriea Turley | Government

Darriea Turley | Government

Darriea Turley leads in promoting the role of women in local government and the well-being of women in rural Australia. Born in Broken Hill, grand-daughter of a cameleer, Darriea served as City Councillor for many years, as Deputy Mayor and, since September 2016,...
Catherine Ordway | Sport

Catherine Ordway | Sport

Catherine Ordway has championed women in sport for over 20 years, nationally and internationally as a sports lawyer, administrator, anti-doping and integrity expert, board member, media commentator and university educator. She has worked tirelessly for women in sports...
Janine Whiteman | Mentoring

Janine Whiteman | Mentoring

The Women in Prison Advocacy Network (WIPAN) aims to support women throughout their encounters with the criminal justice system by providing them with guidance and support through mentoring. As a WIPAN mentor, Janine Whiteman has provided one-on-one living skills and...
Sharron McKinnon | Leadership

Sharron McKinnon | Leadership

Over three decades Sharron McKinnon has been a passionate advocate for women and children experiencing domestic violence. A Women’s Support Worker, and then Manager at the Jessie Street Domestic Violence Service, Sharron initiated projects which continue to enhance...
Lina Cabaero | Workforce

Lina Cabaero | Workforce

Lina Cabaero has worked tirelessly to improve the conditions of textile, clothing and footwear outworkers, most of whom are women. In 2012 she facilitated and co-ordinated outworkers in a campaign for the NSW Fair Work Amendment (Textile, Clothing and Footwear...
Tara Moss | Grand Stirrer

Tara Moss | Grand Stirrer

Throughout her life as a writer, feminist, human rights activist, and former professional model, Tara Moss has spoken out for the rights of women and children. She is currently addressing cyber space and its potential to promote hatred of women. She is known for her...
Betty Ferguson | Mentoring

Betty Ferguson | Mentoring

Betty Ferguson volunteered at the Canberra YWCA to share her knowledge and skills in fnance gained from nearly 30 years experience in public administration, education and training.She served on the YWCA Board, with fve years as Treasurer. Her involvement led to a...

Past Recipients 2011 – 2018

Name Category Year Citation fEMPOWER Grand Stirrer 2018 2018-Stirrer-fEMPOWER (pdf) Helen L’Orange Leadership 2018 2018-Leadership-L’Orange (pdf) Mary O’Sullivan Community Activism 2018 2018-Community-O’Sullivan (pdf) Marilyn Hatton Leadership...

Past Recipients 1998 – 2010

Name Category Year Gabe Kavanagh Community Activism 2010 Rosa Campbell Community Activism 2010 Susan Smith Community Activism 2010 Maggy Fargo Community Activism 2010 Susan Smith Community Activism 2010 Maggy Fargo Community Activism 2010 Ludo McFerran Community...
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