Award Recipients

Do you know a woman making a difference?

Now open for nominations

The Ednas 2023 will be held Thursday, 16th November, online. Save the date and nominate a woman making a feminist difference in NSW or the ACT.

Nominate someone for the 2023 Edna Ryan Awards.

Nominations are now open








EDNA recipients include a diverse group of Australian women, united by their commitment and determination to making a feminist difference in their local communities, the arts, government, mentoring and in the media.

The Grand Stirrer is a special award for women who have incited others to challenge the status quo.

Together, the recipients represent an inspiring group of women who have contributed to making Australia a more equitable society over more than twenty years.

Search for a recipient or see the list below.

Recipient list







Chanel ContosGrand Stirrer2022Chanel Contos (PDF)
Louise HislopPolitical Activism2022Louise Hislop (PDF)
Amanda RoseLeadership2022Amanda Rose (PDF)
Annie CroweCommunity Activism2022Annie Crowe (PDF)
Brenda GaddiLeadership2022Brenda Gaddi (PDF)
Janice PaulsonMentoring2022Janice Paulson (PDF)
Jenny LeongLeadership2022Jenny Leong (PDF)
Julia ZemiroMedia Communication2022Julia Zemiro (PDF)
Licia HeathPolitical Activism2022Licia Heath (PDF)
Lorraine UsherMentoring2022Lorraine Usher (PDF)
Maha AbdoCommunity Activism2022Maha Abdo (PDF)
Malaika MfulaLeadership2022Malaika Mfula (PDF)
Rizina YadavLeadership2022Rizina Yadav (PDF)
Melina GeorgousakisMentoring2022Melina Georgousakis (PDF)
Natalie LangWorkforce2022Natalie Lang (PDF)
Renae RyanWorkforce2022Renae Ryan (PDF)
Romy ListoLeadership2022Romy Listo (PDF)
Rosie HerberteArts2022Rosie Herberte (PDF)
Sue EdmondsArts2022Sue Edmonds(PDF)
Brittany HigginsGrand Stirrer2021Brittany Higgins (PDF)
Our Bodies Our ChoicesLeadership2021Our Bodies Our Choices (PDF)
Catherine GanderLeadership2021Catherine Gander (PDF)
Hayley FosterLeadership2021Hayley Foster (PDF)
Elaine Evans (Posthumous)Leadership2021Elaine Evans  (PDF)
Kittu RandhawaLeadership2021Kittu Randhawa (PDF)
Patricia RanaldLeadership2021Patricia Ranald (PDF)
Mentor Walks: Adina Jacobs,
Bobbi Mahlab
Mentoring2021Adina Jacobs (PDF)
Bobbi Mahlab (PDF)
Lynda CokerMentoring2021Lynda Coker (PDF)
Ann ReynoldsCommunity Activism2021Ann Reynolds (PDF)
Yvette KinkadeCommunity Activism2021Yvette Kinkade (PDF)
Brittany HigginsCommunity Activism2021Brittany Higgins (PDF)
Charmaine Huisman (Posthumous)Community Activism2021Charmaine Huisman (PDF)
Dani VillafanaCommunity Activism2021Dani Villafana (PDF)
Dulce MunozCommunity Activism2021Dulce Munoz (PDF)
Kim LooCommunity Activism2021Kim Loo (PDF)
Clair JacksonArts2021Claire Jackson (PDF)
Claire CousonArts2021Claire Couson (PDF)
Jo-Anne CahillArts2021Jo-Anne Cahill (PDF)
The LoveysArts2021The Loveys (PDF)
Rosell FlatleyArts2021Rosell Flatley (PDF)
Denise ThompsonMedia/ Communication2021Denise Thompson (PDF)
Emily MayoMedia/ Communication2021Emily Mayo (PDF)
Jess HillMedia/ Communication2021Jess Hill (PDF)
Sunita GlosterMedia/ Communication2021Sunita Gloster (PDF)
Diane Hague (Posthumous)Workforce2021Diane Hague (PDF)
Elizabeth HillWorkforce2021Elizabeth Hill (PDF)
Georgie DentWorkforce2021Georgie Dent (PDF)
Robynne MurpheyWorkforce2021Robynne Murphey (PDF)
fEMPOWERGrand Stirrer2018fEMPOWER (PDF)
Helen L’OrangeLeadership2018Helen L’Orange (PDF)
Mary O’SullivanCommunity Activism2018Mary O’Sullivan (PDF)
Marilyn HattonLeadership2018Marilyn Hatton (PDF)
Deborah BrennanEducation2018Deborah Brennan (PDF)
Leonie McGuireCommunity Activism2018Leonie McGuire (PDF)
Lee LewisArts2018Lee Lewis (PDF)
Pearlie McNeillArts2018Pearlie McNeill (PDF)
Margot OliverMedia/ Communication2018Margot Oliver (PDF)
Gabe JonesArts2017Gabe Jones (PDF)
Erin Wen Ai ChewCommunity Activism2017Erin Wen Ai Chew (PDF)
Simone WhiteCommunity Activism2017Simone White (PDF)
Jude FinchCommunity Activism2017Jude Finch (PDF)
Lewina JacksonCommunity Activism2017Lewina Jackson (PDF)
End Rape On Campus AustraliaEducation2017EROC (PDF)
Hannah WandelEducation2017Hannah Wandel (PDF)
Marion BrownLeadership2017Marion Brown (PDF)
Erika AddisMedia/ Communication2017Erika Addis (PDF)
Mary KonstantopoulosSport2017Mary Konstantopoulos (PDF)
Rae CooperWorkforce2017Rae Cooper (PDF)
Mehreen FaruqiGrand Stirrer2017Mehreen Faruqi (PDF)
Hannah WandelEducation2017Hannah Wandel (PDF)
Nina AngeloArts2017Nina Angelo (PDF)
The Baulkham Hills African Ladies TroupeArts2017BHALT (PDF)
Billi McCarthy-Price and Hannah MassinghamSport2016Bill McCarthy-Price & Hannah Massingham (PDF)
Amanda HillGrand Stirrer2016Amanda Hill (PDF)
The Women’s LibraryArts2016Women’s Library (PDF)
Catherine OrdwaySport2016Catherine Ordway (PDF)
Janine WhitemanMentoring2016Janine Whiteman (PDF)
Carol Booth and Liz RickmanLeadership2016Carol Booth & Liz Rickman (PDF)
Sharron McKinnonLeadership2016Sharron McKinnon (PDF)
Darriea TurleyGovernment2016Darriea Turley (PDF)
Jozefa SobskiEducation2016Jozefa Sobski (PDF)
Jan BreckenridgeEducation2016Jan Breckenridge (PDF)
Monica DavidsonMedia/ Communication2016Monica Davidson (PDF)
Julie PerkinsCommunity Activism2016Julie Perkins (PDF)
Jane DavidsonCommunity Activism2016Jane Davidson (PDF)
Heidi ZajacCommunity Activism2016Heidi Zajac (PDF)
Lina CabaeroWorkforce2016Lina Cabaero (PDF)
Jeannie SotheranCommunity Activism2015Jeannie Sotheran (PDF)
Saba VasefiCommunity Activism2015Saba Vasefi (PDF)
Anjani RegmiCommunity Activism2015Anjani Regmi (PDF)
Frances CrimminsLeadership2015Frances Crimmins (PDF)
Ashleigh ThomsonMentoring2015Ashleigh Thomson (PDF)
Margaret HickieMentoring2015Margaret Hickie (PDF)
Louise EvansSport2015Louise Evans (PDF)
Chris RonaldsLeadership2015Chris Ronalds (PDF)
Margaret HenryLeadership2015Margaret Henry (PDF)
Sally McManusGrand Stirrer2015Sally McManus (PDF)
Betty FergusonMentoring2015Betty Ferguson (PDF)
Amanda ShalalaSport2015Amanda Shalala (PDF)
Tara MossGrand Stirrer2015Tara Moss (PDF)
Finola MoorheadArts2015Finola Moorhead (PDF)
Darelle DuncanCommunity Activism2015Darelle Duncan (PDF)
McKenzie RaymondCommunity Activism2014McKenzie Raymond (PDF)
Zoya PatelMedia/ Communication2014Zoya Patel (PDF)
Dorothy McCrae-McMahonGrand Stirrer2014Dorothy McRae-McMahon (PDF)
Roxanne McMurrayLeadership2014Roxanne McMurray (PDF)
Maeve MarsdenArts2014Maeve Marsden (PDF)
Vee MalnarArts2014Vee Malnar (PDF)
Lillian Howell ProjectCommunity Activism2014Lillian Howell Project (PDF)
Marilyn ForsytheWorkforce2014Marilyn Forsythe (PDF)
Bronwyn CullingMentoring2014Bronwyn Culling (PDF)
Lin CooperMentoring2014Lin Cooper (PDF)
Bush LemonsLeadership2014Bush Lemons (PDF)
Marion BairdWorkforce2014Marion Baird (PDF)
Hawzhin AzeezMedia/ Communication2014Hawzhin Azeez (PDF)
Kate RoweSport2014Kate Rowe (PDF)
Heather ReidSport2013Heather Reid (PDF)
Suzie van OpdorpCommunity Activism2013Suzie van Opdorp (PDF)
Shirley KentCommunity Activism2013Shirley Kent (PDF)
Anne ButtsworthMedia/ Communication2013BUTTSWORTH (PDF)
Maree O’HalloranLeadership2013O’HALLORAN (PDF)
Kim RubensteinLeadership2013KIM RUBENSTEIN (PDF)
Destroy the JointGrand Stirrer2013DESTROY THE JOINT (PDF)
Ursula FrederickArts2013GRANT&FREDERICK (PDF)
Rebecca OrdishMentoring2013REBECCA ORDISH (PDF)
Fiona MillerMentoring2013MILLER (PDF)
Wendy HerbertEducation2013WENDY HERBERT (PDF)
Dragica SinikoskiEducation2013SINIKOSKI (PDF)
Danielle WarbySport2013DANIELLE WARBY (PDF)
Nadia SalehWorkforce2012Nadia Saleh 2012 (jpg)
Sonia LavertyWorkforce2012Sonia Laverty 2012 (jpg)
Bronwyn PenrithMentoring2012Bronwyn Penrith (jpg)
Natasa NikolicMentoring2012Natasa Nikolic 2012 (jpg)
Sylvia KinderMentoring2012Sylvia Kinder 2012 (jpg)
Teresa SavageGrand Stirrer2012Teresa Savage 2012 (jpg)
Jenna PriceMedia/ Communication2012Jenna Price 2012 (jpg)
Maree McDermottCommunity Activism2012Maree McDermott 2012 (jpg)
Bronwyn BancroftArts2012Bronwyn Bancroft 2012 (jpg)
Georgina AbrahamsArts2012Georgina Abrahams 2012 (jpg)
Cigdem AydemirArts2012Cigdem Aydemir 2012 (jpg)
Jan McDonaldCommunity Activism2012Jan McDonald 2012 (jpg)
Chris BurkeEducation2012Chris Burke 2012 (jpg)
Leah WeberCommunity Activism2012Leah Weber 2012 (jpg)
Gabe KavanaghCommunity Activism2010
Rosa CampbellCommunity Activism2010
Susan SmithCommunity Activism2010
Maggy FargoCommunity Activism2010
Susan SmithCommunity Activism2010
Maggy FargoCommunity Activism2010
Ludo McFerranCommunity Activism2010
Jennifer DalitzWorkforce2010
Kat ArmstrongBattling2010
Debbie CarstensWorkforce2010
Shokufeh KavaniArts2010
Sue SalthouseCommunity Activism2010
Nina FunnellMedia/ Communication2010
Frances PlummerMentoring2010
Mary DimechMentoring2010
Edith WeisbergEducation2009
Charmaigne WeldonBattling2009
Ruth PollardMedia/ Communication2009
Jane CaroMedia/ Communication2009
Rhonda WilsonGrand Stirrer2009
Julie BatesWorkforce2009
Patricia GriffinCommunity Activism2009
Dori WisniewskiMentoring2008
Suna ErMentoring2008
Sandra D’SouzaMentoring2008
Jo KowalczykWorkforce2008
Liz BarlowGovernment2008
Lesley LaingEducation2008
Jude IrwinEducation2008
Matina MotteeCommunity Activism2008
Karen Lee WillisGrand Stirrer2008
Elaine Odgers NorlingCommunity Activism2008
Judy James BaileyMedia/ Communication2008
Beth EldridgeCommunity Activism2008
Christine SinclairCommunity Activism2008
Tess BrillCommunity Activism2008
Rosemary KariukiCommunity Activism2007
Muyesser DurerBattling2007
Kellie TranterCommunity Activism2007
Spiderlily RedgoldMedia/ Communication2007
Denele CrozierCommunity Activism2007
Libby SilvaCommunity Activism2007
Marie MuirCommunity Activism2007
Emily MaguireMedia/ Communication2007
Rosalind HelyardEducation2007
Julie VelthuysMentoring2007
Ellie EllisEducation2007
Liz AshburnArts2006
Betty GreenCommunity Activism2006
Jane Corpuz-BrockCommunity Activism2006
Dorothy HoddinottEducation2006
Joy GoodsellCommunity Activism2006
Adele HorinMedia/ Communication2006
Carmel NolaMedia/ Communication2006
Catherine FoxMedia/ Communication2006
Claire Moore (Senator)Government2006
Victoria AbigailMentoring2006
Jude StoddartWorkforce2006
Rosemary RichardsWorkforce2006
Daphne BaxterWorkforce2006
Helen WestwoodCommunity Activism2006
Marie ColemanGovernment2006
Anne FieldGovernment2006
Tegan WagnerGrand Stirrer2006
Priscilla LumsdenCommunity Activism2006
Dixie Link-GordonMentoring2006
Judith Troeth (Senator)Government2006
Lyn Allison (Senator)Government2006
Alva GeikieCommunity Activism2005
Nola CooperCommunity Activism2005
Bronwyn MoyeGovernment2005
Gerri GreenfieldGrand Stirrer2005
Margaret KirkbyAccess to Abortion2005
Julia FreeburyAccess to Abortion2005
Jacqui SmithMentoring2005
Margaret AlstonMentoring2005
Helen CampbellMedia/ Communication2005
Anne-Mason FurnageBattling2005
Stefania SiedleckyAccess to Abortion2005
Trude KallirCommunity Activism2005
Dorothy CoraCommunity Activism2005
Merilyn ChildsWorkforce2005
Josephine ConwayCommunity Activism2005
Muriel HortinCommunity Activism2004
Susan RyanGovernment2004
Margo MooreCommunity Activism2004
Anne SummersGrand Stirrer2004
Lucy PorterBattling2004
Phillippa HallWorkforce2004
Joan LemaireMentoring2004
Dominique Hogan-DoranWorkforce2004
Julie GriffithsMentoring2004
Di GrahamGrand Stirrer2003
Roseleen HealyArts2003
Denise FerrisArts2003
Cate TurnerCommunity Activism2003
Rebecca ReillyWorkforce2003
Aileen BeaverWorkforce2003
Suzan ViragoWorkforce2003
Betty JohnsonCommunity Activism2003
Elizabeth O’BrienCommunity Activism2003
Vicki PotempaCommunity Activism2003
Clare BurtonGrand Stirrer2003
Susan KendallGovernment2003
Fran HayesWorkforce2003
Clare BurtonGrand Stirrer2003
Susan KendallGovernment2003
Leichhardt Women’s Community Health CentreCommunity Activism2002
Jan RobertsCommunity Activism2002
Jill BruneauArts2002
Rachael Oakes-AshHumour2002
Judy HoracekHumour2002
Julia BairdMedia/ Communication2002
Kathleen SwinbourneGovernment2002
Elizabeth DawsonEducation2002
Wendy McCarthyGrand Stirrer2002
Dorothy SymondsGrand Stirrer2002
Janne EllenCommunity Activism2002
Joyce StevensMentoring2002
Betty LittleBattling2002
Kristine CrudenGovernment2001
Robyn PlaisterGrand Stirrer2001
Erica LewisGovernment2001
Toni ModafferiMedia/ Communication2001
Merle HighetCommunity Activism2001
Pam JohnstonCommunity Activism2001
Maggie SmythMentoring2001
Shirley JonesArts2001
Chrissie ShawArts2001
Martha AnsaraMedia/ Communication2001
Kathryn McConnochieArts2001
NSW Teachers’ Federation
(on behalf of 13 women casual teachers)
Pat RichardsonBattling2001
Emma TomHumour2001
Suzanne BellamyArts2000
Jennie GeorgeGrand Stirrer2000
Jan WoodCommunity Activism2000
Christine NixonMentoring2000
Margaret JonesBattling2000
Sarah MaddisonBattling2000
Rae FrancesWorkforce2000
Helen McDermottWorkforce1999
Cathy BlockMentoring1999
Kate LavenderCommunity Activism1999
Joan BielskiGrand Stirrer1999
Gail HewisonArts1999
Noreen HewettBattling1999
Jane GardinerMedia/ Communication1999
Jenny TaylorBattling1998
Meredith BurgmannHumour1998
Juliet RichterLobbyist1998
Sheryle BagwellMedia/ Communication1998
Eva CoxGrand Stirrer1998
Marlene ArdittoPolitical Potholder1998
Julie ComptonBattling1998
Misha SchubertYoung Woman1998
Ann SymondsGovernment1998
Sharon TobinWorkforce1998
Peggy HewettArts1998

Recipient walking down stairs, through the audience, in a white dress to receive her award

The 2023 Ednas

Nominations are now open