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Change the Face of Politics


In Australia in 2020, women are still significantly underrepresented across all levels of politics, in business and other positions of influence.


Now in its fifth year, the Pathways to Politics Program for Women is changing the face of politics.


Having supported almost 100 participants to start their journey into politics and at least seven to get elected, the Pathways to Politics Program for Women is expanding and is now open to female graduates of all Victorian universities.


It is an initiative that seeks to increase female participation in politics by equipping women with the skills and knowledge to succeed in running for elected office, and to thrive as political leaders. It empowers Victorian women who aspire to lead, to make change and have an impact on the future of Australia.


It seeks to support women from a diverse range of industries, backgrounds and interests from across Victoria’s cities and regions – recognising that our democracy benefits from a wide range of perspectives and experiences.


In 2020, 30 more participants will be provided with support and training to equip them with the skills, confidence and networks to run for elected office at local, state and national levels.

The Program is highly practical and features speakers including current and former politicians, as well as leading figures in Australian political and public life - including Jenny Macklin, Peta Credlin, Samantha Ratnam, Annabel Crabb, Kelly O’Dwyer and Cathy McGowan.


The program is a collaboration between the University of Melbourne in partnership with the Women’s Leadership Institute Australia and the Trawalla Foundation. The Pathways to Politics Program for Women is hosted by the Melbourne School of Government and modelled on the Harvard Kennedy School’s ‘From Harvard Square to the Oval Office’ program.


Visit the website to apply.

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