Breaking the Bias

International Women’s Day (IWD) is recognised globally every year on 8 March to celebrate the achievements of women and the progress our world is making on gender equality. The 2022 theme #breakthebias gives us the opportunity to recognise all women in the Westpac Scholars network who are leading the way to drive change, and help women succeed.


2020 Social Change Fellow Loretta Bolotin

Loretta founded Free to Feed, a social enterprise that is creating empowering employment opportunities for people seeking asylum and refugees through the creation of shared food experiences.

Read more about Loretta and Free to Feed 

2019 Future Leader Medha Majumdar

Medha was named the Julia Gillard Next Generation Intern 2020-21 with EMILY’s List Australia, providing her an opportunity to research best practice strategies and policies to get more women elected. Medha authored a research report to examine how violence against women in politics has affected the progress of women’s political leadership in Australia. Her hope is that the report’s recommendations are used to enact cultural change in politics in Australia. 

Read Medha's report 

2018 Research Fellow Dr Shelley Wickham 

Shelley is shining in the male-dominated world of physics with her pioneering research in nanorobotic technology, that could one day see tiny internal “robots” delivering medication to specific parts of the brain.

Read more about Shelley's work