A surgeon, a journalist, a champion of the arts and a teacher are the latest inductees into the Zonta Club of Ballarat’s Greatest Women Honour Roll.
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These four women, all leaders in their respective fields and all passionate about what they do, epitomise the the diversity and strength of this city’s female population.
These are women who are champions for social justice, who are leaders in the medical and education fields and who work tirelessly in the community volunteering their time in various sectors.
Apart from their busy lives in their respective fields of interests, these are also women who are mothers, wives and daughters. They are adept at juggling a massive workload and a busy personal life.
They have been working tirelessly behind the scenes and make Ballarat a better place.
Ballarat can be proud of the women who hail from this fair city. From politicians and councillors, to top sportswomen, business leaders and academics.
But for every woman who is recognised for their work in the community, Ballarat can boast thousands more who do great things … but under the radar.
Like the lollypop lady who, in rain hail or shine, guards over her charges as they cross the busy roads to school.
Or the nurse who works throughout the night to ensure you are comfortable in your hospital bed.
Or the woman at the checkout who likes to brighten people’s day with a smile and a giggle while she puts your groceries through … even if you don’t see her because you’re too busy on your mobile phone to notice.
Then there’s the single mum of five who, on a disability pension, goes without just so she can put food on the table, clothe her boys and send her kids to school.
Each woman, young or old, has her own story. Each woman should be proud of what they have achieved, big or small.
Breaking that glass ceiling, whichever the field, is always hard. But Ballarat women continue to do it.
Congratulations again to The Courier journalist Fiona Henderson, pioneering surgeon Ruth Bollard, teacher Dianne McGrath and tireless community volunteer Jane Cowles, who has been a champion for change in Ballarat and spent decades working to improve the city's arts, culture and tourism sectors.
See The Courier’s Weekender section for more on these worthy Great Women of Ballarat recipients.
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