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La Trobe academics available for commentary on International Women’s Day

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The theme for 2024 International Women’s Day (May 8), is Count her in: Invest in Women.

The day aims to create a gender equal world, free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. Here at La Trobe University, we strive to work towards creating an equitable and inclusive environment not only within the university but globally.

We have a range of academics who are available to contribute to the important conversations on International Women’s Day:

History experts:

Professor Clare Wright
Professor in History
E: M: 0408 668 882

  • Women’s suffrage
  • Women’s political activism
  • Women in history
  • The history of International Women’s Day

Dr Liz Conor
Principal Research Fellow History
E: M: 0424 132 605

  • Gender pay gap
  • Naked face, make up, and body image
  • Climate change and its effect on women

Education experts:

Associate Professor Melanie Bish
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Regional)
E: M: 0459 776 344

Associate Professor Bish can discuss the following topics:

  • Equal access to education

 Science experts:

Associate Prof Belinda Abbott
Associate Professor Chemistry
E: M: 0422 039 245

Dr Lakshmi Wijeyewickrema
Senior Lecturer Biochemistry
E: M: 0430 489 846

Associate Professor Abbott and Dr Wijeyewickrema can discuss the following topics:

  • Women in STEM
  • Gender balance in science
  • Employment pathways
  • How we can reach gender equality
  • Equal opportunities to earn, learn and lead


Sports experts:

Dr Pam Kappelides
Senior Lecturer, Sport Management
E: M: 0437 686 946

Dr Kappelides can discuss the following topics:

  • Women in sport
  • Gender balance in coaching
  • Encouraging women to join and remain in community sport

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