Topic: leadership

What rural women want: then and now

Portrait headshots of Colleen Condliffe, Caroline Hogg and Audrey Dreschler

L-R Colleen Condliffe (Source: Jeanette Severs), Caroline Hogg (Source: Museums Victoria), and Audrey Dreschler (Source: Jeanette Severs)
Five key trailblazers of the Rural Women’s Movement share their thoughts on what rural women wanted 32 years ago and what they want today.
Caroline Hogg, former Australian Labor Party MP and supporter of the […]

Crafting a legacy

Colourful baskets woven from natural materials by Indigenous women

Above: Colourful creations woven by Gunditjmara women
Women have quietly passed on their knowledge and skills to younger people for thousands of years, helping to build confidence and capability.
Sandra Aitken and Aunty Eileen Alberts, Gunditjmara women from south-west Victoria, say their talented elder, Aunty Connie Hart, helped start a community-wide initiative […]

Inspiring the next generation of leaders

Dr Jo Newton receives a leadership award from Ray Ellis, CEO of First National Real Estate

Above: Dr Jo Newton with Ray Ellis, CEO of First National Real Estate
Congratulations to Dr Joanna Newton who has scooped two prestigious leadership awards in recent months. Last month, Jo received a Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Emerging Leader grant including $10,000 towards her career development following a win in […]

‘Own the yard’ — learning leadership from station life

Melanie Addinsall riding at Amelia Downs station in North Queensland

Above: Melanie Addinsall riding at Amelia Downs station in North Queensland
“If something scares the hell out of you, you should definitely do it,” says Jane Weir, manager of Amelia Downs station in North Queensland.
At only 30 years old, Jane has studied international business, lived in Germany and Canada, and worked […]

Victorian Rural Women’s Network gets down to business — Reference Group appointed

 Standing (L-R) Clare Purcell, Ann Young, Haley Remington, Jasmine Glover, Lynette Harris, Felicity Bolitho, Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Jaala Pulford MP, Alana Johnson, Olivia Lineham, Ashley Rogers, Jeanette Severs, Libby Dowling, Cynthia Mahoney. Seated (L-R) Dianne Bowles, Kirsten Abernethy, Alison Marchant, Jessica Purbrick-Herbst
We have an exciting announcement with the recent […]

Introducing the reference group’s convenors

Pic of Ashley Rogers, Alana Johnson and Jeanette Severs

Victorian Rural Women’s Network Reference Group convenors (L-R) Ashley Rogers, Alana Johnson and Jeanette Severs
The reference group will operate through three working groups and three highly regarded convenors have been appointed to lead these groups.
Alana Johnson — Empowered Women group
A pioneer of the rural women’s movement in Australia, Alana […]

Reflections from Kirsten Abernethy, 2017 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award winner

2017 Victorian AgriFutures Rural Women's Award winner Kirsten Abernethy on beach under jetty

2017 Victorian AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award winner Kirsten Abernethy
“The award came out of left field and frankly, I was surprised to get it. I’m from the fishing industry which is a bit isolated from the other agricultural industries and a pretty closed shop for women. The award opened new horizons […]

Congratulations to Alana Johnson — newly inducted into Victorian Honour Roll of Women

Alana Johnson

Alana Johnson
Alana Johnson, our VRWN Reference Group Convenor and Australian Rural Women’s Movement pioneer, was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women on International Women’s Day.
The honour was conferred for her lifelong leadership and active involvement in gender equality, rural communities and sustainable agriculture.
She joins the roll with former […]