Members Now

This page is dedicated to current members of Graduate Women Victoria who have stories to tell, or news to share.  Please send the details to Marian Quartly.

Marilyn Godley

Marilyn Godley first joined Graduate Women Victoria in the early 1980s. Then and now she has worked to create scholarship opportunities for Indigenous women students. Her memories of the early years can be accessed here.

Ameena Payne

Ameena Payne is an early career educator. She teaches within the disciplines of Education and Business in both higher education and vocational education, and her students are adult learners. Visit her website to follow her academic journey.

Beata Ujvari

Beata Ujvari is a senior lecturer at Deakin University and an evolutionary ecologist; to see something of her research visit her homepage here.

Tara-Lyn Camilleri Carter

Tara-Lyn Carter is our newest student member. She is a PhD candidate at Monash University, studying evolutionary biology. Here is an account of her research.

Margaret Robertson

Margaret Robertson has taught at primary, secondary, technical and tertiary institutions in Victoria; she is currently teaching and researching in the La Trobe University School of Education.  Her latest project is a collection of stories of Australian women who commenced and completed their PhDs after turning 50. Here is her short biography.

Jaclyn Broadbent

Jaclyn Broadbent is a behavioural psychologist and a tertiary teacher and educator. She is passionate about teaching, and deeply involved in developing innovative solutions to the challenges of online study and large classes. Here is her story.

Rosy van der Vlies

Rosy van der Vlies has recently joined Graduate Women Victoria, carrying on a membership of Graduate Women International which she joined through the Dutch Graduate Women’s association. Here is her story.

Karen Savage

Karen Savage works at the Centre for Human Pyschopharmacology in Hawthorn, and is undertaking a PhD in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Psychiatry.  Here is her description of her research.

Trina Majumdar

Trina Majumdar has just set up a society called Femgineers, for post-graduate students in the STEMM area at Monash University.  For the Femgineers website see  . For a brief account of Trina’s career to date, see Trina Majumdar .

Briony Murphy

Briony Murphy is a PhD candidate and research assistant in the Monash Department of Forensic Medicine, working to help prevent avoidable deaths in Australian aged care facilities. Here is an account of her current research and concerns.

Erica Jolly

Erica Jolly has been a long-term member of the South Australian branch of Graduate Women, and has recently joined Graduate Women Victoria. I asked her to write a brief note introducing herself and her achievements. Here is her response.

Kerry Bennett

Kerry Bennett is Head of Graduate House at the University, and also CEO of the Graduate Union, an international body of graduates. She is also one of our newest members. Read here about her wonderfully varied career.

Jo O’Neil

Jo is a pharmacologist. Her career which she describes here demonstrates how varied and rewarding a life in science can be for women.

Joy Bear

Joy Bear is one of our oldest members. Joy is the most unassuming of women. Committee members who have been enjoying her company for years had no idea that she was the first woman to win the prestigious Leighton medal for her research as a chemist.  Here is a link to an online article explaining how Joy and a colleague at the CSIRO invented a word – petrichor – to describe the smell of rain. And here is a photo showing Joy celebrating her 90th birthday.

Ruth De Souza

Dr Ruth De Souza has only recently joined Graduate Women Victoria, but she is already making her mark. Here is a link to a news item posted on the website of the Victorian Department of Health.

Karen Price

Karen Price is a recent member.  Here is an email which she supplied when asked to introduce herself to other members.

Brigette Metzler

Brigette Metzler joins us from Tasmania. The Tasmanian branch of AFGW no longer exists. We hope to resuscitate it, but in the meantime Tasmanian women with an interest in equality are joining Graduate Women Victoria. Brigette has a particular academic and professional interest in equality. Here is her description of herself.

Jaimie Cleeland

Jaimie Cleeland is another member from Tasmania. She works with the Australia Antarctic Division, and as you will read here this makes for exciting research! And here is another link, to a story Jaimie wrote a while ago about five women and four dogs in the sub-antarctic.

Fiona Gray

Fiona Gray, a new member of GWV, is an Early Career researcher at Deakin University, and an architect with 20 years of industry experience. Her interests are many and varied: the architectural ideas of Rudolph Steiner, the impact of ‘sea change’ on the built and natural environments of coastal settlements, and heritage work with her local community – a project called ‘Bunjil’s Lookout’. Her account of herself and her work can be read here.

June Stringer

June Stringer is a life member of the association, who has been with us since the 1950s. She describes her very full life experience here.

Kathleen Watson

Kath Watson has a long and distinguished career as a teacher, with a special passion for the education of women and girls. Read her story here.

Jennifer Strauss

Without Jenny Strauss’ energetic leadership, Graduate Women Victoria may have gone out of business years ago. Here is her inspiring story.

Kathleen Mumford

Kathleen Mumford has been active at all levels of Graduate Women – local, state, and international.  She has been a member in three states of Australia and in the United States of America.  Here is her story.

Deborah Haydon

Deborah Haydon is a modest woman who tends to downplay her achievements, but she has done much in recent years to help bring the Australian Federation of Graduate Women into the twenty-first century. Here is her story in her own words.

Margaret Rumbold

Margaret Rumbold’s career has combined secondary teaching with university level research. Here is the story of her busy life.

Alison Harcourt

Alison Harcourt has made major contributions to the development of statistics, in Australia and globally. Her discoveries have impacted on the measurement of poverty in Australia and the way the electoral system works in this country. A technique she developed as part of her research for her honours degree in Arts, ‘integer linear programming’, remains a fundamental mathematical tool today. Here is her story.