We note special achievements by women in politics, sport, academia, arts, etc.
Congratulations to The Honourable Quentin Bryce AD CVO on her previous appointment as Australia’s 25th Governor General. This is the first time that a woman has filled this highly respected post. We hope that women’s issues will see an improvement in future.
We congratulate Australia’s first female Prime Minister who has taken her special place in history. Julia Gillard will always have WEL’s best wishes for her future.
The Life of Joan Kirner 1938-2015. Joan graduated from Melbourne University in 1958 and taught in Ballarat Girl’s Technical College, then in 1971 she became President of the Victorian Federation of State School Parents’ Clubs. She joined the Australian Labor Party in 1978, was elected to Victorian Parliament Legislative Council in 1982 as the member for Melbourne West, appointed Minister for Conservation, Forests and Lands in 1985, then moved to the Legislative Assembly as member for Williamstown and Minister for Education in 1988. In February 1989, Joan was appointed Deputy Premier, then became Victoria’s first female Premier in 1990 and held office for two years. After her retirement she helped establish Emily’s List, an organisation that supports the election of progressive women, and in 2012, she was named a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2012.
2018 Australia Day OAM Honour for Jozefa Sobski, WEL NSW Committee Member, for significant service to women’s rights and migrant advocacy, higher education and skills based training.
Quantum physicist Michelle Simmons becomes the 2018 Australian of the Year.
The Australian Research Council has named two academics from the University of Melbourne as recipients of 2015 Laureate Fellowships: Professor Leann Tilly for research into the cellular systems of the malaria parasite and Professor Anne Orford for research into the legal issues involved in intervention by external actors in civil wars.
Our champion female jockey Michelle Payne won the Melbourne Cup horse race and told all the male chauvinists to “get stuffed“.
AFL W league women now play Aussie Rules football – congratulations.
The Southern Stars cricketers won The Ashes – WEL done!
Congratulations to the Australian Diamonds netballers for their third World Cup win.
A World Cup win for the sixth time – well done to our women cricketers.
Congratulations to three women awarded the 2012 L’Oreal Women in Science Fellowships: Dr Suetonia Palmer for research in kidney disease, Dr Baohua Jia for creating thin-film solar cells increasing efficiency by 23 percent and Dr Kylie Mason for treatment and research into blood cancers.
Congratulations for Nobel Prize awards – 1. Professor Frances Arnold for Chemistry in the relationship of protein chemistry and biotechnology to the principles of evolution, and 2. Associate Professor Donna Strickland, 99, who shares the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Well done, basketballer Lauren Jackson, who carried the flag leading Australia at 2012 Olympics.
Congratulations to Professor Gillian Triggs, Past President of our 2012 Human Rights Commission.
Congratulations to cyclist Anna Meares for winning her 10th World Championship.
The Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen for their work on women’s rights.
Congratulations to Elizabeth A. Alexander AM, the first female Chancellor of The University of Melbourne.
Obituaries: Five early and very active members of WEL Victoria, Shirley Sampson, Anne Gunter, Ruth Shnookal, Joyce Nicholson, Vivienne Brophy and Mary Owen, died recently and we mourn the passing of these very special WEL pioneers. Shirley was active in female education. Anne was central to WEL administration over many years. Ruth ran the WEL office at times and was involved in abortion rights. Joyce was an active member who ran the WEL office from her home. Vivienne was active in WEL and in sports. Mary was very active in Industrial Relations. Joan Bielski AO feminist activist, social reformer, member of Women’s Electoral Lobby, founding member of Women into Politics, NSW Women in Education, Community Justice Coalition, OWN, educator, colleague and dear friend passed away in 2012.
Congratulations to Elizabeth Blackburn who shares the Nobel Prize. She is the first female Nobel Laureate after winning the Nobel Medicine Prize for finding a key molecular switch in cellular aging.
Congratulations to our own Samantha Stosur, US Open Tennis Champion, for a wonderful effort in New York.
Congratulations to Pamela Williams of The Australian, for the 2013 Walkley Award for Best Book “Killing Fairfax“. This is her fifth Walkley including the top prize the Gold Walkley.
Congratulations to Australian Diamonds Netball Team for a Silver Medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Congratulations to Debbie Lee, president of the Victorian Women’s Football League, was last year’s Football Woman of the Year and holds a place of honour in the National Sport Museum. Visit afl.com.au/womens. Congratulations also to Susan Alberiti who brought women’s football into prominence.
Congratulations to Wallaroos on winning the inaugural Women’s Rugby World Cup 2009.
We note with sadness that Nancy Bird Walton has died aged 93. Nancy was the first woman to gain a Flying Licence at the age of 17 after training by Kingsford Smith. She flew Air Ambulances in the outback for many years and, as a pioneer trailblazer contributed much to the aviation industry. The latest huge commercial jetliner A380 was named after her, in her honour.
Our Kerry! Congratulations to Kerry Lovering who was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the 2008 Australia Day Honours for services to women and for her life of working for women. Click for The Age article about it all. Kerry is a long-time feminist, the Secretary of Women’s Electoral Lobby Victoria and a Past President of the League of Women Voters. After graduation, her career covers Director of the Women’s Bureau in the Commonwealth Department of Employment and Industrial Relations, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Family Studies, Senior Advisor in the Equal Employment Opportunity Bureau of the Commonwealth Public Service Board, Manager of Equal Employment Opportunity in the Victorian State Electricity Commission, Director of Equal Opportunity at Melbourne City Council and Review Officer at the WorkCover Corporation of South Australia.
A generous donation has been received by WEL Victoria from the National Tertiary Education Union on behalf of Sandra Caine, a member of the union and also a member of WEL Victoria. Many thanks.
Great work by Gail Kelly, first female CEO of Westpac Bank .. and Shemara Wikramanayake, first female CEO of Macquarie Bank.
WEL applauds Joan Kirner’s launch of the 2008 Victorian Women’s Honour Roll, singing “I am Woman“. The roll celebrates the achievements of women from all walks of life.