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Pioneering Women

Women contribute to the University as students, as academics, and as professional staff.  Some of these women have achieved great academic and personal honours while others, whose stories have been unsung, have developed and maintained important services that have kept the University running.

In 2016, as part of International Women’s Day, the University’s Gender, Equity and Diversity Committee and University Collections launched the Diversifying Portraiture initiative. The goal of this initiative was to upgrade the public spaces and symbolism associated with the University to promote a more diverse and inclusive environment.

Diversifying Portraiture is an annual series of photographic posters including an image and biographical details of eminent women associated with public and academic life at the University.  If you would like to make a suggestion of women to consider in future series please contact the Director of University Collections.

Diversifying Portraiture series


Edith Dornwell


Olga Fudge


Barbara Kidman


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