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We fundamentally believe in the value of more female leaders.   We believe that we must grow the critical mass of female leaders in politics, business and the media to truly disrupt the way decision making is done.


Through leadership initiatives, evidence-based research, fellowships and strategic partnerships, we are focused on finding the best levers for change to achieve equal voice, equal representation and equal recognition for women in Australia. 


A key part of WLIA’s work is catalysing practical initiatives for change, often in collaboration with strategic partners locally and internationally. We aim to demonstrate what is possible and encourage other organisations to join and amplify the impact.


Over time we are creating a community of leaders focused on achieving equal numbers of women and men sharing power and influence in Australia. We find ways to support this cohort of exceptional leaders to accelerate their work, elevate their voice and find ways to achieve meaningful implementation.


Example initiatives include Pathways to Politics Program for Women, Women for Media Database, the Panel Pledge and WLIA Fellowships. We are proud to work in collaboration with organisations such as Male Champions of Change, Chief Executive Women, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, Queensland University of Technology, Charles Darwin University, University of Canberra, University of Adelaide and Global Institute for Women’s Leadership.

Speaker Database

The Women for Media database was established to provide journalists and event organisers with quick access to experienced and respected Australian leaders from a range of industries. Our database exists to promote gender equality and diversity of thought by amplifying the visibility of female leaders at public events and in the media.

Equal Voice.
Equal Representation.
Equal Recognition.


We are committed to funding research that offers new insights into the experiences of female leaders, highlights knowledge gaps and progresses our understanding of how to achieve equal voice, equal representation and equal recognition. 

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