2021 Pamela Denoon Lecture Libby Lyons, Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

Gender equality in Australia’s workplaces: are employers agents for change?

Gender equality is at a crossroads in Australia’s workplaces. After seven years of data collection by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency, the findings indicate progress towards gender equality is in danger of stalling. The Agency’s Director Libby Lyons has overseen the Agency’s data collection and work with Australian private sector employers for the last five and a half years.

Ms Lyons’ lecture will examine how the movement for workplace gender equality and equal opportunity for women has fared over the last decade. She will use the Agency’s comprehensive, world-leading dataset to show how Australia is in a better position than ever before to understand the gains made by women in contemporary Australian workplaces and the barriers they still face. By understanding the findings of the data, she will identify the key challenges now confronting Australian women in achieving genuine equality in the workforce and what employers must do to overcome them.

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The Pamela Denoon Story: NFAW celebrates a Remarkable Story as told by her Husband Donald Denoon

The Pamela Denoon Lecture was inaugurated in 1989 as a tribute to the memory of Pamela Denoon and as a reminder that the gains that have been made by women over the years have only been possible because of the enormous dedication of women like Pamela. Pamela Denoon worked tirelessly to promote equality for women and was the National Coordinator of Women’s Electoral Lobby from 1982-84. She actively lobbied for women’s rights in Canberra during the 1980s and her bequest helped establish the National Foundation for Australian Women and the Pamela Denoon Trust. The Lecture aims to inspire and motivate women to find out more about issues for women in Australia and encourage some of them to get involved in a local organisation that works to promote women’s rights and other major women’s issues.