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PM’s Literary Awards shortlists eleven women

PM’s Literary Awards shortlists eleven women

This year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlist sees women dominate the Fiction and Children’s Fiction sections, taking up four of the five nominations in each list. However, they lag well behind the men in the other four categories with only one Poetry nominee, two on the Young Adult Fiction shortlist, and none in the Non-Fiction or Australian History Prize sections. In all 11 women appear on the 30-strong shortlist making up 37 per cent of nominees…

Anglican women make (slow) inroads into Church hierarchy

Anglican women make (slow) inroads into Church hierarchy

NSW’s Anglican Church has appointed its first female Bishop, Genieve Blackwell. But proving gender equality is still a work in progress, Newcastle Bishop Brian Farran had to stand in for Sydney’s anti-women-priests Archbishop Peter Jensen at the consecration. The ceremony comes almost 20 years after an injunction against Bishop Blackwell’s new diocese stopped it ordaining the first female priests. The groundbreaking diocese has also appointed the first female Aboriginal Archdeacon – Karen Kime…

The art of women on show in galleries

The art of women on show in galleries

Women – as artists and subjects – are being showcased in art galleries in two states over the next month. In Melbourne, textile artist Jennifer Gould is exhibiting her art dolls at the Opendrawer gallery. Further north, Brisbane’s Queensland Art Gallery is showcasing 100 drawings of 19th century French artists brought out from Paris’ Musée d’Orsa and next door, the Gallery of Modern Art is featuring 70 works from leading Australian female artists in its ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ exhibition…

Honoured: ten Indigenous women who challenged the status quo

Ten outstanding Aboriginal women were recently inducted into Australia’s first Indigenous Honour Roll in Victoria. Most grew up influenced by civil rights actions such as the 1939 Cummeragunja Mission walk-off and the 1950s and 60s fight for citizenship and equal rights. Several had links to the inner city suburb of Fitzroy that fostered much of the protest movement, and many of their families experienced being forced out of homelands, threatened with their children’s removal because of assimilation policies, or suffered from minimal health and education services. Each of these Elders offers an interesting, though challenging, story of their lives in a society so often unwelcoming because of their Indigenous heritage…

Ground-breaking epilepsy researcher recognised with top international science accolade

Ground-breaking epilepsy researcher recognised with top international science accolade

Australian Professor Ingrid Scheffer is one of five leading international scientists to win the US$100,000 L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Awards. The paediatric neurologist was named Laureate for the Asia-Pacific region for her ground-breaking research into epilepsy and is only the third Australian to be recognised in the awards’ 14 year history. The awards acknowledge top career level women in science research where they are often under-represented despite strong numbers in their early careers…