Happy International Women’s Day! 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality. 

To celebrate International Women’s Day we’d like to acknowledge some of Griffith University’s high achieving women.  

Leneen Forde  

Our first female Chancellor and our longest serving to date (2000-2015). Leneen Ford was also Queensland’s first female Governor from 1992-1997 and Queenslander of the Year in 1991. 

Ann Moyal  

Portrait of Ann Moyal from the National Portrait Gallery. Painted in 1956 by Pamela Thalben-Ball)

Our first female senior academic acting as Director of the Centre for Science Policy from 1977-1979. Ann was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 1993 and became an inductee of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 1997. 

Professor Cindy Shannon 

Our first Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous), Professor Cindy Shannon is a descendent of the Ngugi people and one of Australia’s foremost higher education Indigenous leaders. She has previously held the position of Pro Vice Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) at the University of Queensland from 2011-2017 and held senior appointments at the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Melbourne and has served on numerous health advisory boards.