International Women's Day 2012

Celebrating at the NFSA
 Sonia Gherdevich
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The NFSA is proud to support United Nations International Women’s Day, celebrated around the world on 8 March. This year’s theme is Women’s Economic Empowerment, and it fully resonates with the NFSA and the passionate spirit of the women working in audiovisual archiving and creative industries.

The NFSA workforce is made up of 54 per cent women, working at all levels across the organisation. They are strongly represented in leadership roles, with 20 women holding positions in the executive stream. But there are also opportunities to empower the younger generations; for example, two female Indigenous cadets recently joined the NFSA team. Caitlyn Leon and Jacqui Jackson will be building their knowledge across many areas of our operations whilst they continue their academic studies.

International Women’s Day is also an opportunity for the NFSA to acknowledge the professional excellence achieved by the many women who work in Australia’s screen and sound industry – both behind the scenes and in the public eye.

Search for women in the NFSA collection, and read articles on Women in Early Radio and the NFSA DVD release of 1950s Australian classic Jedda, with its Indigenous female lead. Hear the maiden speeches of Australia’s first female parliamentarians on Sounds of Australia, the NFSA National Registry of Recorded Sound.