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International Women’s Day lecture

Monday, 20 February 2012


Anne Banks-McAllister will deliver this year’s Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture to mark International Women’s Day.

The topic of the free public lecture is ‘Women Leading Change’ and Mrs Banks-McAllister is expected to share her experience gained from roles in local government and her position on the board of UN Women in Australia.

Mrs Banks-McAllister was the first female director at the City of Nedlands and City of Melville and now holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Shire of Peppermint Grove.

She established the Perth Chapter of UN Women in 2008 and has been its chair since that date. She currently serves on the National Board of UN Women Australia.

ECU Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Engagement, Equity & Indigenous) Professor Colleen Hayward said Mrs Banks-McAllister was an obvious choice to give the Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture.

“It is fitting that at an event to honour the memory of Edith Cowan, we have a speaker who exemplifies how education and hard work can break down barriers. Mrs Banks-McAllister is an inspirational figure to both the men and women of Western Australia,” Professor Hayward said.

The Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture is held on International Women’s Day each year to honour ECU’s namesake, Edith Dircksey Cowan, who dedicated her life to equal rights and reducing the barriers to education and leadership for women.

The event is open to the public as well as ECU staff and students. The lecture will be followed by refreshments.

Event Information

Date: Thursday, 8 March 2012

Time: 12.30pm

Location: Building 17, Room 17.157,
Edith Cowan University, Mount Lawley Campus,
2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley

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