Outstanding Victorian Women Recognised

Women leading their communities through disaster, helping address cybercrime and lifting-up vulnerable communities are some of the 23 remarkable inductees to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women this year.

Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams announced the 2021 Victorian Honour Roll of Women inductees – women from all walks of life who have made outstanding contributions to the Victorian community.

Two new categories were also introduced this year, to recognise young women in the early stages of their career and acknowledge women’s leadership in bushfire and COVID-19 response and recovery.

Jenny Lloyd was integral in the Mallacoota New Year’s Eve bushfire recovery and future planning, and Mary Agostino established the Mitchell Leadership Alliance to bring together local health and community service provider CEOs to develop a coordinated approach for people affected by the pandemic.

The latest inductees have been recognised across diverse fields such as business, education, health and medical research, child welfare, gender equity and public life.

Other inductees include founding chair of Women in Mathematics, Professor Asha Rao, leading Aboriginal Disability Cultural Trainer and Consultant, Jody Barney, Master Builders Victoria’s first female CEO Rebecca Casson and Afghan Women’s Organisation Victoria founder Gulghotai Bezhan.

The youngest ever inductee – Yasmin Poole, 22 – is a national ambassador for Plan International Australia and a passionate advocate for young women being included in Australia’s political conversations.

Each year, the Honour Roll celebrates exceptional women in Victoria who have made significant and lasting contributions to the community. Women were able to self-nominate for the first time in 2021 – resulting in the most nominations ever representing diverse women from across Victoria.

The latest inductees join more than 700 women named in the Honour Roll since the program began in 2001.

Source: Vic Government