QUEENSLAND’S 125 LEADING WOMEN ANNOUNCED
Governor General Quentin Bryce, former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh, Cathy Freeman, Christine Anu, Jessica Watson and Tanja Major. These are just a few of the 125 women officially announced as YWCA Queensland’s 125 Leading Women.
The exclusive list, developed by the Queensland community, personifies how our great State has been driven by the passion and accomplishments of women over the last 125 years. Across fields as diverse as Business, the Arts, Sport, Education, Healthcare, Emergency Services, Agriculture, Community and Politics, women have been at the core of change in Queensland’s proud history. Many of those on the list will be household names, but there are just as many whose stories have been unearthed and highlighted for what they are – inspirational.
Kate Tully, CEO of YWCA Queensland, says the list is not only a tribute to those included, but also the community that nominated them.
“We asked the people of Queensland who they considered to be leaders in their communities,” said Kate, “and the list we now have truly represents women’s leadership in all its many facets. This exercise was never simply about who is the highest profile politician or sportswoman, or who is the most successful business leader. This is a list that gives voice to the people of Queensland on what genuine leadership means to them.”
“YWCA Queensland has been working with Queensland women for 125 years and we felt now was the right time to recognise the many women who had not only helped shape this organisation, but also our great State.”
“We knew that to develop such a widespread list would require getting the community involved, which is why we invited the Queensland public to nominate any woman they felt is or has been a great leader. The response has been overwhelming and made the task of narrowing the list down to just 125 women extremely difficult.”
The 125 women who made the official list come from all corners of the State, representing a myriad of different fields of endeavour and generations, with the youngest – Isabella Bliss – just 15 years of age.
Supporting women’s leadership is something YWCA Queensland prides itself on, as is evident with their hugely successful Y Bloom and Y Bloom Plus programs. Y Bloom challenges 14-year-old girls to think Prepared by Butter PR on behalf of YWCA Queensland about their future and strengths
To officially celebrate its 125 years of operation and formally recognise its inaugural list of 125 Leading Women, YWCA Queensland is hosting a lunch event on November 15 at Hillstone St Lucia. Master of Ceremonies Madonna King will facilitate a panel discussion among some of the 125 Leading Women, including Chris Cameron, Gail Mabo and Isabella Bliss. Tickets can be purchased at $89.00 per person via http://www.yq.org.au.
For more information on YWCA Queensland and the official 125 Leading Women list visit http://www.yq.org.au/get-involved/