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 EDNAs Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2022 Awards. If you know a woman who has made a feminist difference in NSW or the ACT, please consider nominating her for an EDNA. All nominations are considered by the Review Panel and recipients are invited to a gala ceremony later in the year.
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, so having been a feminist like forever is not enough. Rather the EDNAs panel looks for evidence that the woman being nominated meets the criteria. Being well-known is not a requirement, nor is it an advantage when the Review Panel is appraising nominations.
Submissions close on 30 June 2022. See the EDNA Awards site for more detail.
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, one of the founders, accepted the Award on the library’s behalf. Many past and present members of The Women’s Library have been awarded an EDNA and our current Convenor, Margot Oliver, was included in this special group in 2018.
Image shows O is for Old by Dr Deborah Eddy. Exhibited at The Women's Library in 2021.