- Ayor Makur Chuot is elected to be Australia’s first South Sudanese MP
- Nyadol Nyuon becomes the first African Australian woman to be appointed the chairperson of a national multicultural peak body in Australia
- June Oscar AO becomes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner
- Women’s March
- Fiona Simson elected first female president of National Farmers Federation
Category Archives: Leadership
In March 2021 Ms Chuot Ayor Makur was elected become the first South Sudanese MP in Australia and the first black African in WA Parliament. Ms Chuot arrived in WA as a 16-year-old in 2005 along with five siblings and … Continue reading
Nyadol Nyuon becomes the first African Australian woman to be appointed the chairperson of a national multicultural peak body in Australia
In September 2020, Melbourne lawyer, human rights advocate and former refugee Nyadol Nyuon was appointed the new chair of Australia’s migrant and refugee women’s coalition, Harmony Alliance. Born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia where her family fled to escape … Continue reading
In November 2016, Fiona Simson was elected as the first female president of the National Farmers Federation. She was the NFF’s first female president in its 37-year history, after also being the first woman to lead the New South Wales … Continue reading
Since 2013 Rosie Batty has been a champion for the prevention of domestic violence – having lost her son Luke that year. She has become an inspirational leader who speaks candidly about her experience and the need for further action … Continue reading
Robyn Walker was announced as the first woman in the Royal Australian Navy to attain the rank of Rear Admiral
In December 2011, in the centenary year of the Royal Australian Navy, Robyn Walker was announced as the first woman in the Navy to attain the rank of Rear Admiral and to take on the job of Surgeon General for … Continue reading
Lara Giddings became Tasmania’s first female Premier. When Lara Giddings was elected to Parliament in 1996, she was the youngest person ever elected to Parliament.
International Human Rights lawyer Megan Davis became the first Indigenous woman elected to a United Nations body. Ms Davis will sit on the United Nations’ Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which advises on issues such as economic and social development, … Continue reading
Senator Natasha Stott Despoja was elected leader of the Australian Democrats and, at 32, became the youngest person of any party to hold such a position.
Dr Lowitja O’Donoghue, was awarded the CBE, AM for public service and leadership to Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.
In July 1994, the inaugural “Women in Agriculture International Conference” was held at the University of Melbourne, encouraging discussion on public rural issues. This was the largest agricultural farming conference held in Australia at that time, with 850 women from … Continue reading