Have you booked your ticket to the celebratory luncheon on May 22nd?

Graduate Women-NSW are holding a Luncheon with Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, and presenting an award to mark the Centenary (1921-2021) of graduate women of NSW joining with graduate women around the world.

The fore-runners of GW-NSW began at the University of Sydney in 1892 with Louisa Macdonald when she came as first Principal of The Women’s College. In 1919, Dr Virginia Glidersleeve from Barnard College, Columbia University, New York, Prof Caroline Spurgeon of Bedford College, University of London, and Prof Winifred Cullis of the London School of Medicine for Women, met to plan an international association. In 1920 the International Federation of University Women had its first meeting in London. Louisa and Mrs Mildred Muscio of Sydney went as Australian observers and were determined to organise an Australian organisation that could apply to join IFUW. The Sydney group contacted other graduate women’s groups around Australia, drafted and submitted a constitution for a national body, and presented it for membership to IFUW. In May 1921 the Sydney group received the news that their application had been successful.


Louisa Macdonald

We have achieved a lot in the past hundred years. Throughout this time we have attracted over four thousand members and formed over twenty-five branches across suburban and greater Sydney and in country NSW and ACT. Our conferences, lectures, research projects and newsletters have provided members with opportunities for life-long learning, development of leadership skills, and social support often leading to lasting friendships.

Through our advocacy work and our collegial relationships with other women’s groups we have promoted our aims of improving access to education for women and girls and through that equality of opportunity in employment and all aspects of society. Our Projects for Action have enabled us to give practical support to Indigenous groups in Australia and women and girls worldwide.

A great deal of our efforts has been devoted to raising funds to provide prizes and awards to encourage women and girls in their education. Our first prize was in 1918 for English essays at the University of Sydney. Since then we have raised and shared thousands of dollars with women students and established an Education Trust with Deductable Gift Status. In 2021 we created the GW-NSW Centenary Award for a Post-graduate Masters and Doctoral student who can demonstrate ways in which her study and career plans support our purposes:


  • Promote equitable educational opportunities and lifelong learning.
  • Improve the status and wellbeing of women and girls.
  • Encourage women and girls to be active leaders and decision-makers in all spheres of public and private life.
  • Inspire and support women graduates to put their education and professional training to the service of the local, national and international community.
  • Work in harmony with other women’s groups who share our aims.
  • Promote the Vision of GW-NSW amongst all people, irrespective of their gender, age, race, nationality, religion, political opinion, sexual orientation or other status.

Mildred Muscio

We hope you can come and celebrate all these achievements. Please send your RSVP to gwnsw@netspace.net.au and payment in ASAP.

ANZ Graduate Women
BSB 012013
Acc 3188 52975

LG Floor, 280 Pitt St
Sydney 2000

11.30am for 12 NOON, Saturday 22 May 2021

Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent St, Sydney


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