Deakin Women

Women are 52 per cent of our academic and 67 per cent of our professional staff and contribute with enthusiasm, intelligence and dedication to every aspect of Deakin life.

Deakin Women: Working together to make a difference

We are proud of the leadership, collegiality and collaboration of women at Deakin, a number of whom are breaking new ground in research scholarship and professional practice.

While many gains have been made for Australian women over recent decades, they are still under-represented at senior levels in many sectors. Deakin is seeking to lead the way in the University sector in our efforts to redress this imbalance in both academic and non-academic positions.

The launch of Deakin’s Gender Equity Plan (2017-2020) in 2017 affirms Deakin’s aspiration to be Australia’s premier university in achieving equal representation, recognition, reward and value of staff irrespective of gender.

Deakin women are exceptional in their own professional and academic spheres, but what I admire most is that they strive to build new pathways and opportunities for others, especially for other women.

Vice Chancellor

Professor Jane den Hollander AO

International Women’s day 2018

Deakin celebrates International Women’s Day 2018 with the launch of the next chapter of the Deakin Women project, a photography exhibition highlighting Deakin women and their unique contributions to the University and their communities.

The exhibition celebrates the diversity and backgrounds of a cross-section of Deakin's female staff, encouraging women to see themselves as accomplished and resourceful individuals who can effect change in their own lives, and the world.

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Join us for morning tea to celebrate International Women’s Day and the opening of the photographic exhibition at Burwood: Thursday 15 March 10 am, Burwood Library Gallery. Associate Professor Cassandra Atherton who is featured in the exhibition will speak at this event.

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Please note, the Burwood event will be held a week later than the Geelong and Warrnambool events to coincide with the exhibition showing in the Burwood Library Gallery from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 29 March.

View the exhibition in person at Burwood Library Gallery from Tuesday 13 to Thursday 29 March.


International Women’s Day 2017

"Working together to make a difference" celebrated the leadership, collegiality and collaboration of some of Deakin's exceptional female academics.

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Deakin women in sport

Sport has a big place at Deakin, and we encourage and support women to achieve all their sporting goals.

Through an all-of-sport partnership with Netball Australia, Deakin supports netball through Suncorp Super Netball, the Samsung Diamonds, the Australian Netball League and the Fast5 Netball World Series. The University also sponsors the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, one of the best female basketball teams in the country, as well as the Geelong Cats and its women's program.

Meanwhile, the Deakin Women In Sport and Exercise (WISE) hub conducts innovative research to improve women’s participation in sport and exercise.

Whether it be the University’s relationship with the Deakin Melbourne Boomers, the Geelong Cats women’s program, the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, or in-house initiatives such as the Deakin Women in Sport and Exercise (WISE) hub, they collectively create a wealth of opportunities.

Natalie Saunders

Faculty of Health lecturer

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Equity and diversity

We aim to ensure all students and staff feel welcomed, safe and supported no matter their gender. This commitment shows in campaigns such as End Violence Against Women and gender equitable practices.

Find out more about equity and diversity