Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders

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Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney UniversityParramatta CampusFemale Orphan School, Building EZCorner of James Ruse Drive and Victoria RoadRydalmereNew South Wales


The Information Commissioner was honoured to be included with 64 other past and present female leaders in the public sector in the Blaze exhibition launched on 24 April 2018.

The exhibition included community, health, education and political leaders.  Ms Tydd was featured as a leader in regulation, information and finance. On leadership Ms Tydd said Leadership is how you cultivate people, how you develop people, and the investment, the education or experience – that you make and bring to people within the workforce. Those things really ensure the success of every leader. 



Image of Blaze Exhibition Women in Leadership


Image credit:Sally Tsoutas/Western Sydney University

About the exhibition

Blaze: Working Women, Public Leaders is a new exhibition produced by NSW State Archives. See Blaze at the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University, and online via the e-catalogue.

Blaze engages with the finding that a significant leadership gap continues to exist between women and men in public life. Through its thoughtfully curated study of a selection of women working in different policy fields from the 1860s to the present, Blaze sheds insights into the challenges and opportunities that women have faced building professional careers in the NSW public sphere.

Spanning a 150 year timeframe, Blaze looks to a selection of women from the past who were trailblazers in carving out roles for females in the NSW public sphere. They were the first women to hold positions that had been traditionally occupied by men. These ‘past’ Blaze women led the way for others to follow and they re-shaped the institutions of the State from within. As ‘firsts’, their leadership enabled future generations of women to pursue opportunities that they themselves might only have imagined.

Turning to the present, Blaze engages with the stories of fourteen women who currently hold senior positions in NSW government agencies, departments, boards and/or related initiatives. In their day-to-day work, they make a high-level contribution to the work of the State and the communities of NSW. For Blaze, each of these ‘present’ women have reflected on their careers, and in doing so, provided unique insights into their formative, professional and leadership experiences.

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