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Each year, The Australian Financial Review Women of Influence awards recognise the most influential, inspirational and visionary women.


Margaret Gardner’s final duty as vice-chancellor of Monash University, will be to officiate at the very first graduation for students at its brand-new Indonesian campus.

Why the final act in Margaret Gardner’s current job is the perfect end

Victoria’s next governor is about to hang up her academic gown for the final time after a stellar 40-year career.

  • Julie Hare
Jacinda Ardern started her valedictory speech in the House of Representatives in Wellington in Maori.

Ardern exits politics with call for more female leaders

Lauded globally for her empathy, Jacinda Ardern’s resignation in January came as a shock. But she had increasingly become a divisive figure at home.

  • Ainsley Thomson
Anthony Albanese at The Australian Financial Review Business Summit this week.

Letters: Narrow path forward on gas

Anthony Albanese’s stance on gas; blue hydrogen from brown coal; Sophie Scamps responds to Amanda Stoker; advice to corporate women; super balances; Peter Dutton’s views on Labor.

From left Jo Spillane, executive director, Macquarie Capital;  Mina Radhakrishnan, CEO, Different; Shamini Rajarethnam, CEO, Rationale; Professor Emma Johnston, Deputy Vice- Chancellor, Research USYD; Dr Nicole Kuepper-Russell, deputy CEO, 5B

‘I taught myself to be brave’: How these execs beat imposter syndrome

Emerging female leaders, featured in The Australian Financial Review’s 2023 Women to Watch list, share how they overcame moments of self-doubt.

  • Sally Patten
Pip Dexter, Chief People and Purpose Officer at Deloitte.

For women to rise, gender norms must be dismantled

Women are led to believe overcoming gender equality challenges are their own individual responsibility. They are not.

  • Pip Dexter


The flexibility and potential to work across different locations and sectors is really appealing, says Citi’s Ariuka Altangerel.

How climbing the investment bank ladder has changed for women

Macquarie Capital’s Marianne Birch is one of the most well-respected bankers in Australia and a trusted adviser to high-power boards, while Citi’s Ariuka Altangerel is less than two years in and learning the ropes. Here’s what they think of investment banking.

  • Marianne Birch and Ariuka Altangerel
Diane Smith-Gander

We need to combat gender inequality stuck in the system

The battle for gender equality is far from over. As a nation, we need to do a lot more across all industries to remove structural inequities.

  • Diane Smith-Gander
Priscilla Hajiantoni founder of beauty company Bangn Body.

How we built our beauty start-ups from scratch

Priscilla Hajiantoni and Sarah Hamilton talk about the lessons they’ve learnt shepherding their own companies.

  • Updated
Nicole Kuepper-Russell 

How these five women built high-flying careers in energy

Sustainability roles are increasing, bringing a wide range of opportunities for women, but many energy companies still find it hard to fill positions.

  • Elouise Fowler
Margaret Gardner - of Monash Uni

Understanding people is the key to transformation in universities

Universities are changing with a more pronounced emphasis on gender equality, say academic leaders.

  • Julie Hare

We must all work to drive inclusivity changes, say tech leaders

Good intent alone will not drive the change we need to see for women and under-represented communities.

  • Sally-Ann Williams and Imogen Baxter
Mina Radhakrishnan co founder and CEO of Different.

How taking risks helped these female tech leaders reach the top

Technology has been a key enabler for women in their quest to transform the world around them as well as their own lives.

  • Tess Bennett
Professor Claire Macken - RMIT

Universities marching towards gender parity by degrees

Many structural barriers are coming down but there is still a long way to go before women achieve a fairer outcome in academia.

  • Julie Hare

Grit and gut instinct take women to top of fashion world

Talent and trust in their instincts have helped women succeed in the tough world of fashion, as five leaders recount their struggle to the top.

  • Lauren Sams


Gina Rinehart on work, loyalty and 30 years in mining

Australia’s richest person has provided a rare insight into her initial struggles, motivations and ambitions after celebrating 30 years at the helm of Hancock Prospecting.

  • Brad Thompson

December 2022

Cassandra Kelly

Pottinger’s Cassandra Kelly says we mustn’t be scared of rising rates

The corporate adviser discusses the modern dilemmas of autonomous weapons, investing for the public good and getting women in the workforce.

  • Matthew Cranston

Roll up: Fortescue’s ‘Hicksy, Hutch and Twiggy’ show

New Fortescue Metals Group mining boss Fiona Hick has plenty of fans in the resources sector as she faces the biggest challenge of her career.

  • Brad Thompson

November 2022

 Kate George and current Ten Sixty Four executive chairman Jeff McGlinn.

Indigenous trailblazer to make more ASX history

Indigenous trailblazer Kate George has wanted to chair an ASX-listed mining company for a long time, but no one had asked her until now.

  • Brad Thompson
Ingrid Scheffer.

Thirty-six Australians on list of world’s best female scientists

A new ranking assesses the world’s top 1000 female scientists in an effort to balance the gender inequality in the sector.

  • Julie Hare

August 2022

The Irish woman on track for BHP’s top job

BHP’s former petroleum boss Geraldine Slattery has firmed as a future contender for the top job at the nation’s biggest company after being appointed to replace Edgar Basto as president of BHP’s Australian assets.

  • Peter Ker

July 2022

Women invariably get a disproportionate amount of the “crappy tasks”, according to a new study by four US university professors.

How women can avoid ‘crappy’ jobs

Extensive research by four US academics shows women are disproportionately asked to do tasks that don’t earn promotions or higher pay.

  • Tony Boyd

June 2022

Top female directors warn on skills, inflation and climate

The board members also point to their growing workload as they try to meet the rising expectations of regulators, investors, the community and employees.

  • Sally Patten and Patrick Durkin

April 2022

How sailing helped this business leader navigate the boardroom

Nicola Wakefield Evans forged a successful career in a traditionally male domain. And she puts much of it down to having learnt yachting as a girl.

  • Philippa Coates
Sophia Hamblin Wang: “I’m trying not to be too hyperbolic about it, but this is really an exceptional opportunity.”

Aussie eco-entrepreneur makes World Economic Forum class of 2022

Sophia Hamblin Wang, a co-founder of carbon capture and utilisation pioneer MCI, has been named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

  • Julie Hare

March 2022

OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn says COVID-19 and floods have been challenging.

Fires, floods and pestilence challenge food charity

Wave after wave of catastrophe have challenged Ronni Kahn’s charity OzHarvest. So much so that it has been forced to buy food.

  • Julie Hare