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Westpac AFR 100 Women of Influence 2014, top 10 announced

23 October 2014

 Elizabeth Broderick

Elizabeth Broderick (above), human rights activist and Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner, has been named as the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards 2014 overall winner.

As part of the annual Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards, Ms Broderick was recognised for her leadership in the field of sex discrimination as well as her significant contribution to the social and economic advancement of women. In her role as Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Ms Broderick has been an influential voice for many important initiatives and policies, including the Commission’s Review into the Treatment of Women in the Australian Defence Force and the Male Champions of change strategy.

The 100 Women of Influence Awards also recognised ten other esteemed women across the categories of Board/Management, Public Policy, Young Leader, Social Enterprise and Not-for-profit, Philanthropy, Global Influence, Innovation, Local/Regional Community, Diversity and Business Enterprise.

Westpac Group Chief Executive Officer Gail Kelly said: “I congratulate Elizabeth Broderick on being named the overall winner of the 2014 The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards. Elizabeth has dedicated a significant portion of her professional career to the advancement of women in Australia and internationally.

“Elizabeth’s excellent work as Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner has been far-reaching, ranging from preventing violence against women to improving lifetime economic security. Her dedication to ensuring women have the opportunity to more flexibly balance paid work and unpaid caring is something I particularly commend, as I believe this will make a tangible difference to the economic prosperity of Australia.

“With each year, these awards continue to build a prestigious alumnus – we are now up to 300 inspirational women. I congratulate each of the category winners announced tonight, as well as the 100 women selected earlier this month – each and every one has made significant strides to better their communities. Of course these are just some of the wonderful Australian women who are contributing day in and day out to our society. I hope that by sharing their stories, we can create positive role models for the next generation of Australian leaders and encourage other women around the country to make a difference.” 

Fairfax Media Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Greg Hywood said, “Elizabeth Broderick is a deserving winner to say the least. She is a shining example of how sharing the positive stories of women in our society can have a powerful impact in helping individuals and companies in Australia to think and act in more progressive ways. Addressing gender inequity is not only right but makes good business sense and makes sense for our future prosperity.

 “I hope that Elizabeth Broderick being named the 2014 Woman of Influence will help make her a household name, and that her endeavours will be a common topic of conversation everywhere.”

The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards is now in its third year and showcases the country’s highest achieving women.


Overall Winner and Diversity Winner: Elizabeth Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights Commission

Board/Management:Anne-Marie Corboy, CEO, HESTA Super Fund

Business Enterprise: Dr Alex Birrell, CEO, Paftec

Global: Professor Ann Henderson-Sellers, Professor Emerita, Macquarie University

Innovation: Professor Rebecca Ivers, Director, Injury Division, The George Institute for Global Health, University of Sydney

Local/ Regional: Linda O’Brien, Principal, Granville Boys’ High School, NSW Department of Education

Philanthropy: Janette Savage, Regional Coordinator/ Funding Chairperson, Cancer Care Western NSW Inc

Public Policy: Professor Jane Halton, Secretary, Department of Finance, Australian Government

Social Enterprise/ Not-for-Profit: Jo Cavanagh, CEO, Family Life

Young Leader: Genevieve Clay-Smith, Co-founder, Bus Stop Films & Taste Creative

For more information, including the full list of 100 Women of Influence top 10, please visit  

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  • Jaqui Lane

    Jaqui Lane 5 years ago

    I've known Elizabeth for many years and am delighted that she was the overall Woman of Influence. Congratulations to her and all the finalists. Celebrating and showcasing talented women who make a difference is an inspiring and worthwhile endeavour.