The late ANU alumna The Hon. Susan Ryan AO showed us that 'a woman's place is in the Senate'. Are we living up to her expectations? Join this ANU Alumni Impact Makers discussion on women in politics and leadership, as we share incredible stories from women who inspire, lead and are committed to making a difference every day.
This discussion is aligned with UN Women's theme for International Women's Day (IWD) 2021 - "Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world". Women bring different experiences, perspectives and skills to the table, and make invaluable contributions to decisions, policies and laws that work better for all. This theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Elizabeth Lee MLA (LLM '18, LLB '04, BAsSt '04) is the Leader of the Canberra Liberals, and the Liberal Member for Kurrajong in the ACT Legislative Assembly. Prior to entering the ACT Legislative Assembly, Elizabeth was a successful lawyer and lecturer at the Australian National University and University of Canberra.
Rachel Stephen Smith MLA (BEc (Hons) '95) is the ACT Labor Member for Kurrajong. She has been a Labor member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly since 2016 and is currently Minister for Health, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs and Minister for Families and Community Services.
Rebecca Vassarotti MLA (MEnvLaw '00, BA '95) is an elected member in the 10th Assembly of the ACT Legislative Assembly in October 2020. She is an ACT Greens member for Kurrajong. She is the Minister for Environment, Minister for Heritage, Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction and Minister for Homelessness and Housing Services.
Ashleigh Streeter-Jones (MDip '18) (moderator) is a writer, speaker, activist, and the founder of Raise Our Voice Australia, an initiative to boost the number of diverse young female and non-binary voices in public decision making.
Please note: this is an online event held over zoom.