The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity
The AWE founded this memorial award in honour of the outstanding achievements of Professor Pam Gilbert. Pam was awarded the honorary title of Professor of James Cook University in recognition of her distinguished 20-year career in teaching and research, and her publications on social justice in education. Pam was a strong advocate for students living in poverty and for gender equity.
The recipients of this award work in a broad range of contexts—schools, education bureaucracies, teacher unions, and international fields.
Enjoy our retrospective of the Pam Gilbert Awardees over the past 10 years.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity
Professor Pam Gilbert
Learn more about the life and work of Professor Pam Gilbert and the Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity.
The Inaugural Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2003
Recipient: Maree Hedemann
Through her work, Maree provides genuinely new ways of understanding the social justice project in education. Download the Award to find out more about the life and work of Maree Hedemann.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2004
Recipient: Kay Boulden
The nomination of Kay for the Pam Gilbert Award was particularly for her work in association with AWE over five years on its project focused on pregnant and parenting students and school retention. Download the Award to find out more about the work of Kay Boulden.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2005
Recipient: May Lamont
In both 2003 and 2004 the Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity was awarded to women who worked in the schooling sector. In 2005, AWE was pleased to present the award to May Lamont, a woman who works tirelessly for women in the community, particularly in the international community. Download the Award to find out more about May's work.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2006
Recipient: Colleen Mitrow
As a teacher and Principal, Colleen observed that the young people with the greatest needs and the saddest lives were those being excluded from school systems. She believes that education is the key to empowerment for disadvantaged young people in our community. Download the Award to find out more about the work of Colleen Mitrow.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2007
Recipient: Fran Ralston
Throughout her time with Brisbane Catholic Education, both in schools and in the office, Fran has been a strong, vocal and sustained advocate for girls and young women, especially in respect of education. Download the Award to find out more about the work of Fran Ralston.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2008
Recipient: Colleen Hunt
Maximising the participation of girls in ICTs has been a priority for AWE for some years now. It is largely due to Colleen Hunt that this work has been enabled. Download the Award to find out more about Colleen's outstanding work with, and for, girls.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2009
Recipient: Maria Delaney
Maria has made an enormous contribution to raising and generating debate within the Association of Women Educators and in the broader community. She has a passion for enhancing critical understandings about gender in leadership and a deep interest in developing and supporting professional learning and community education. Download the Award to find out more about the work of Maria Delaney.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2010
Recipient: Dr Amanda Keddie
Amanda is a leading scholar in the field of gender, schooling and social justice. Her work broadly focuses on issues of gender justice, identity politics, diversity, schooling and pedagogy. Amanda has published widely in these areas in leading national and international journals. Download the Award to find out more about Amanda Keddie's work.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2011
Recipient: Ann Rebgetz
Ann is passionate about the need to bridge cultural gaps in understanding and awareness, and the importance of education to achieve change. As a hands-on Principal, she receives positive feedback from parents that having a strong female presence in a Principal changes and uplifts the outlook of female students. Download the Award to find out more about Ann's commitment and achievements in gender equity.
The Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2012
Recipient: Lesley McFarlane
Lesley's leadership of AWE—an association that focuses on the potential of women and girls in society, through education—has ensured that much has been achieved for gender justice in Australian society, and significant improvements made in the level of participation of women and girls in educational communities. Download the Award to find out more about the numerous contributions Lesley has made to the well-being of Australians in a just and safe society.
Pam Gilbert Award for Gender Equity 2013: A Tribute
Recipient: Maree Hedemann 1954—2013
Maree Hedemann is remembered with admiration, respect, and most of all, love. A fervent feminist, Maree had a deep appreciation of the impacts of poverty on education and a commitment to the theory and practice of social justice in education that was extensive and inspiring to many others. Her insights and mentoring helped mark her as one of the best social justice advocates in education in Australia today. Download this moving Tribute to discover the many dimensions of Maree's social justice vision.