Jean Arnot Memorial Luncheon

This afternoon I was so excited to see three of our nonogerians and their nominees from Maitland at the 24th Annual Jean Arnot Luncheon hosted by the Shadow Minister for Women The Hon Sophie Cotsis MLC at Parliament House.

Guest speaker, the former Premier of Queensland and now CEO of the YWCA NSW, the Hon Anna Bligh was an inspirational speaker!

Thanks to Sheila Turnbull, from BPW Cessnock who was one of the key organisers of the luncheon, and all the other ladies from the National Council of Women and BPW who worked so hard to make such a beautiful and inspirational event.

Jean Arnot MBE FLAA was an incredible campaigner for equal pay who for 42 years of her working life earned less than male employees, even her subordinates. Sadly it was only in the last five years of her life that she benefitted from her efforts to achieve equal pay for equal worth in the Public Service.

Jean was a proud member of many women’s groups and her trade union. She is an inspiration to all who fight against structural inequality in our society.

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