NSW Women's Electoral Lobby Edna Ryan Awards Committee Collection - NJSN_AC-016 1998 to 2005

By: New South Wales Women's Electoral Lobby 1998Series: NSW Women's Electoral Lobby Edna Ryan Awards Committee files contain booking forms, nomination forms, resumes of nominees, award category lists and related correspondenceDescription: 1 x standard archive box – 0.18 linear metres A4 paper, handwritten and typescript 1 standard archive box: (H)25cm x (W)18cm x (D)40cm Archive box 0.04 linear metresContent type: Media type: Carrier type: Online resources: Online resource Production credits: PRODUCTION CREDITS NOTE: Collection closed. Access restrictions apply: collection closed for 20 years. Written permission to the Committee for access within this period.Summary: ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY The inaugural Edna Ryan Awards, known as the ‘EDNAs’, were held in 1998, the year following Edna Ryan’s death. They were created by a group of her friends and the NSW Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) to honour her life and work, and to acknowledge the contributions other women make in the areas she cared about. They are a celebration of a political life and an affirmation of feminist activists. Edna was very much involved with WEL and, in particular, the Women in the Workforce group, which she convened. WEL hosted and administered the EDNAs from 1998 – 2010, and the Awards were featured prominently in their Newsletter and on the WEL website. Over these thirteen years more than 150 Awards have been presented. Among the recipients were high profile women recognised for “feminist activity in the political sphere”, such as Susan Ryan, Anne Summers, Marie Coleman and the four female Senators who initiated the RU486 legislation. As well, unknown stirrers and battlers have received EDNAs: Suzan Virago, one of the first women employed on the NSW waterfront; Jill Bruneau, who conceived the idea of telling the realities of life as a single mother through art; Julie Bates who founded the first Australian Prostitutes’ Collective; and Tegan Wagner, awarded the Grand Stirrer Award for “inciting others to challenge the status quo”. Tegan was the victim of a group rape when she was 14 who took the extraordinary step of revealing her identity to urge other victims to speak out, saying that it was the rapists who should be ashamed, not their victims. Nominees for an EDNA must be comfortable with being called feminist, and must live or work in NSW or the ACT. A panel reviews all nominations, and Awards are presented yearly at an evening social event. Since 2012 the Awards have been hosted and supported by the Australian Services Union, which in that year won an historic Equal Pay Case for social and community workers across Australia. Recipients regard an EDNA as a badge of feminist honour, one saying “… recognition by my peers is probably the most important thing in the world to me”.  From 2012 the awards have been administered by the Edna Ryan Awards Committee. Reference: http://www.ednaryan.net.au/HistoryofAwards – accessed on 11 May 2016.
List(s) this item appears in: Stage 6 History: Movements for change in 20th century - A8: Women's movements | Women's Electoral Lobby: Stage 6 History Women's Movements
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CLOSED COLLECTION:
File 1. WEL Edna Ryan Awards Committee 1998
[FILE CLOSED UNTIL 2.1.2018]
File 2. WEL Edna Ryan Awards Committee 1999
[FILE CLOSED UNTIL 2.1.2019]
File 3. WEL Edna Ryan Awards Committee 2000
FILE [CLOSED UNTIL 2.1.2020]
File 4. WEL Edna Ryan Awards Committee 2001
[FILE CLOSED UNTIL 2.1.2021]
File 5. WEL Edna Ryan Awards Committee 2002
[FILE CLOSED UNTIL 2.1.2022]
File 6. WEL Edna Ryan Awards Committee 2004
[FILE CLOSED UNTIL 2024]
File 7. WEL Edna Ryan Awards Committee 2003
[FILE CLOSED UNTIL 2023]
File 8. WEL Edna Ryan Awards Committee 2005
[FILE CLOSED UNTIL 2025]

RESTRICTION ON PUBLICATION:
Access closed. Access restrictions apply: collection closed for 20 years. Written permission to the Committee for access within this period. PHYSICAL ACCESS CONDITIONS:
Collection closed. Access restrictions apply: collection closed for 20 years. Written permission to the Committee for access within this period.

PRODUCTION CREDITS NOTE:
Collection closed. Access restrictions apply: collection closed for 20 years. Written permission to the Committee for access within this period.

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY

The inaugural Edna Ryan Awards, known as the ‘EDNAs’, were held in 1998, the year following Edna Ryan’s death. They were created by a group of her friends and the NSW Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) to honour her life and work, and to acknowledge the contributions other women make in the areas she cared about. They are a celebration of a political life and an affirmation of feminist activists.

Edna was very much involved with WEL and, in particular, the Women in the Workforce group, which she convened. WEL hosted and administered the EDNAs from 1998 – 2010, and the Awards were featured prominently in their Newsletter and on the WEL website.

Over these thirteen years more than 150 Awards have been presented. Among the recipients were high profile women recognised for “feminist activity in the political sphere”, such as Susan Ryan, Anne Summers, Marie Coleman and the four female Senators who initiated the RU486 legislation. As well, unknown stirrers and battlers have received EDNAs: Suzan Virago, one of the first women employed on the NSW waterfront; Jill Bruneau, who conceived the idea of telling the realities of life as a single mother through art; Julie Bates who founded the first Australian Prostitutes’ Collective; and Tegan Wagner, awarded the Grand Stirrer Award for “inciting others to challenge the status quo”. Tegan was the victim of a group rape when she was 14 who took the extraordinary step of revealing her identity to urge other victims to speak out, saying that it was the rapists who should be ashamed, not their victims.

Nominees for an EDNA must be comfortable with being called feminist, and must live or work in NSW or the ACT. A panel reviews all nominations, and Awards are presented yearly at an evening social event. Since 2012 the Awards have been hosted and supported by the Australian Services Union, which in that year won an historic Equal Pay Case for social and community workers across Australia. Recipients regard an EDNA as a badge of feminist honour, one saying “… recognition by my peers is probably the most important thing in the world to me”. 

From 2012 the awards have been administered by the Edna Ryan Awards Committee.

Reference: http://www.ednaryan.net.au/HistoryofAwards – accessed on 11 May 2016.

CONDITIONS ON REPRODUCTION:
Access restrictions apply: collection closed for 20 years. Written permission to the Committee for access within this period.

SOURCE OF ACQUISITION
Roberta Burke. METHOD OF ACQUISITION
Deed of gift 6/2/2004. DATE OF ACQUISITION
6/2/2004. ACCESSION NUMBER
A2004/2 EXTENT
1 x standard archive box.

INFORMATION RELATING TO COPYRIGHT STATUS:
Access restrictions apply: collection closed for 20 years. Written permission to the Committee for access within this period.

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