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Our University's namesake, Edith Dirksey Cowan, dedicated her life to equal rights, reducing barriers to education, and providing inspirational leadership to women. In the spirit of Edith Cowan, the University is committed to enabling our female staff to reach their full potential in their respective fields. To support this commitment the University has implemented the Women@ECU initiative.

The initiative provides a framework which, while building on existing initiatives and strategies, also explores opportunities to further support female staff to achieve personal excellence wherever they are in their career path. This is achieved through specific and targeted programs such as seminars, networking opportunities, speakers and special events.

In recognition of the barriers often experienced by women accessing career opportunities, the initiative focuses on addressing barriers such as flexibility in juggling work and family responsibilities, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, and the need for negotiation and assertion skills, access to mentoring and manager support, career guidance and work experiences such as memberships of committees and decision making bodies.

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