Celebrating International Women’s Day

Dietician, singer and children’s pantomime performer Shannon McDonough features in our photographic exhibition ‘The women behind the Women’s
Dietician, singer and children’s pantomime performer Shannon McDonough features in our photographic exhibition ‘The women behind the Women’s’. Photographer Meredith O’Shea
8 March 2017 | Past events

The Royal Women’s Hospital is celebrating the diversity and richness of its female staff this International Women’s Day with a special photographic exhibition ‘The women behind the Women’s’.

The exhibition aims to break down stereotypes and inspire women everywhere through a series of images depicting 16 Women’s staff – contrasting their professional life and achievements with their private, the two of which sometimes overlap.

The women behind the Women's

View all the photos in our Flickr gallery.

The Women’s CEO Dr Sue Matthews, who features in the exhibition, said the hospital had a long history of providing opportunities for women to reach their full potential and promoting women as leaders in science, medical research and health care.

"The whole purpose of this exhibition is to showcase the amazing stories of the women who work at the Women's, and to inspire others to follow their dreams," Dr Matthews said.

Nine of Victoria’s leading photographers volunteered their time to photograph the exhibition – Meredith O’Shea, Teagan Glenane, Nicole Cleary, Angela Wylie, Jenny Hodge, Melanie Faith Dove, Penny Stephens and Julie Wajs.

The Women’s Foundation began the International Women’s Day celebrations this morning with a special fundraising breakfast at the National Gallery of Victoria, where Oxfam Australia CEO Helen Szoke posed the question: ‘Is the world at risk of going backwards on women’s health and rights?’

Helen addressed a room full of women from health, business and community sectors as she implored everybody to think about their contribution to helping advance the rights of women, both in Australia and internationally.

The women behind the Women's will be on display in the ground floor atrium until May and is free for all to visit.

Media contact

For more information contact Krista Eleftheriou on (03) 8345 2028 or Michelle Carnovale on (03) 8345 2921.


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