Congratulations Professor Patricia Grimshaw AO!
We are delighted to announce that a past Australian Women’s Archives Project Committee of Management and National Foundation for Australian Women board member, Professor Patricia Grimshaw, has been recognised with an Order of Australia on the 2017 Australia Day Honours list. Given the extent of her ‘distinguished service to the social sciences and to the humanities through researching, documenting and preserving Australian history, and the roles of women in society’ it amazes us that it has taken so long. Professor Grimshaw has been inspiring scholars, awakening them to how structural inequity works and encouraging activism through experience and scholarship for four decades. Not one to blow her own trumpet, we are delighted that someone else has done it on her behalf!
While it is pleasing to see our deserving friends recognised for their achievements, there is still much to do to ensure women’s public contributions are better recognised. Men still far outnumber women in awards lists, but if women are nominated, they have a very good chance of being awarded.
The recently announced Victorian Government Gender Equity Strategy understands that recognising and promoting women’s public contributions, past and present, is an important step in creating a more equitable society. We need to speak up and nominate women who inspire us to be better people so that we can create a more just society. Get cracking, and start nominating!