by The AFR View
On Wednesday night another 100 extraordinary achievers were recognised at a gala dinner in Sydney as Women of Influence in The Australian Financial Review‘s program to recognise and sustain female achievement. Eleven of them were winners in 10 individual categories, all with inspiring stories. They were led by overall award winner, UNSW pro vice-chancellor Megan Davis, a constitutional lawyer who in May last year read out the final Uluru statement on indigenous recognition in the constitution.
Women of Influence stems directly from the Financial Review‘s own mission statement: that Australia’s prosperity flows from giving everyone the opportunity to succeed – and that these stories need to be told so that others can learn how to build upon them. And Women of Influence, which is supported by Qantas, is now far more than just one night a year. Its 600 alumni from the six years in which the award has been run are now a permanent active network that provides volunteer supporters and influencers to help women in community and business-based projects. They include projects to create financial security for older women, and to help get more women into politics. In a year when #MeToo has changed history, when there has been more talk of getting more women into the C-suite and the nation’s parliaments, the momentum created by the 100 new alumni who joined last night is needed more than ever.