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Not your average EDNA

UPDATE: The Edna Ryan Awards will be announced on 16 November 2018. You can book tickets on Eventbrite. Catering is by Parliament on King and everyone is welcome.

The EDNAs are awards for women who have made feminist difference, whose activity advances the social, political, or economic status of women: the battlers and the unsung heroines who show commitment and determination.

The Review Panel looks for evidence of the nominee’s achievements or actions that have improved the status of women, whether on a small or large scale. The EDNAs are not long service awards; being well-known in a field of activity is not a requirement and is no advantage when the Review Panel is appraising nominations.

Awards will be presented at a ceremony in central Sydney on Friday 16 November, 2018. Tickets are now on sale on Eventbrite.

About Edna Ryan

Representing the Women’s Electoral Lobby, Edna Ryan successfully argued before the National Wage Case hearings in 1974 that many of the lowest paid women in the workforce were also family breadwinners, and should earn the same minimum wage as men.

The EDNAs were created to honour Edna’s life and work, and to acknowledge the contributions other women make in the areas she cared about. They are a celebration of a political life and an affirmation of feminist activists. Over the last twenty years, more than two hundred Awards have been presented.

The Women’s Library

The Women’s Library was the proud recipient of an EDNA in the Arts Category in 2016. Vicky Harding, our Public Officer and one of the founders, accepted the Award on the library’s behalf.