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 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. 

Leading Philanthropist Award 2020

We are pleased to share the news that Carol Schwartz AO, Chair Women's Leadership Institute Australia, was recognised today with the...

Pathways to Politics in The Age

With a little help from their friends, more women are hitting the path to politics.

Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa Fellowship Recipient 2020

We are thrilled to announce that Dr Ramona Vijeyarasa is the recipient of the 2020 WLIA Research Fellowship.

Leading Interviews: Life in Politics with Juliana Addison MP

Leading Interviews is a series of conversations with women leaders. In this episode Juliana Addison, an Australian Labor politician...

Childcare reform a ‘bold and meaningful’ investment

By Carol Schwartz AO and Sam Mostyn AO This article originally appeared in the Financial Review on June 20 2022. The joint commitment by...

Welcome new WLIA Fellow - Dr Leonore Risse

Dr Lenora Risse Through advocacy, policy and research fellowships, WLIA is building a community of leaders focused on achieving equal...

Welcome Isabelle Reinecke, Executive Director and Founder of Grata Fund

We warmly welcome Isabelle Reinecke the Executive Director and Founder of Grata Fund as our latest Fellow. Isabelle is passionate about...

'Pathways to Politics' - Government House Reception

On Wednesday 21 April we were delighted to be hosted by Her Excellency the Honourable Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr...

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