The EMILY Award
This award is given annually for outstanding achievement in promoting and improving the position of women in Australian society.
It is awarded to a woman who has shown exceptional courage, determination, innovation and commitment to issues, reforms and practices that promote and improve the position of women across Australian society.
In 2015, the EMILY Award was presented to EMILY's List National Co-Convenor Tanja Kovac for her tireless efforts and advocacy during the campaign leading to the historic motion committing the ALP to 50% women at all levels in the Party organisation, and in public office positions (including safe seats) by 2025. For further information about Tanja's nomination for this award, read our 2014/2015 Annual Report.
The Mollie Smith Award
The Mollie Smith Award is presented annually by the family of Mollie Smith to honour her work and support for issues affecting women and her community and her mentoring of young women interested in politics and community action.
We thank the initiators and ongoing funders of the Mollie Smith Award – Jill Smith, Sue Smith, the Dubsky family – Jane, Bill, Lisl, Rachel, Laura, Stephen, – Tim Smith, Michael Smith, Rupert Smith, Nicola Smith, Anne Mancini, Jill Mancini and Robin Sinclair, and Jane Mancini and Gordon McNenney.
In 2015, the Mollie Smith Award was presented to Christine Kibble, an EMILY’s List NSW volunteer, whose hard work has made so many NSW events and fundraising drives a success.For further information about Christine's nomination for this award, read our 2014/2015 Annual Report.
The Top Broad Award
This award is given annually in recognition of outstanding service to Victorian women by a Victorian MP.
The award is named after former Victorian MP, Candy Broad, whose hard work and commitment was integral to the passage of legislation to decriminalise abortion in Victoria.
Candy Broad was the inaugural winner of the award in 2015.
The Pat Giles Award
The Pat Giles Award is awarded to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in the Western Australian labour movement.
In 2015, this award was given to Lyla Elliott, who became the second woman elected to the WA Legislative Council when she entered Parliament in 1971 and was the sole woman in the WA Parliament until 1974.
A former long-time ALP official, Lyla chaired the Domestic Violence Taskforce and was integral to the passage of legislation such as the Alcohol and Drug Authority Act 1974 and a bill to establish Family Planning Nurses in WA.
The Don’t Be Too Polite Girl Award
This award recognises and encourages an active young woman contributing to the Western Australian labour movement. Mia Onorato-Sartori was named this year’s recipient.
Mia, the CFMEU WA’s Strategic Coordinator, has demonstrated leadership and capacity for influence in a male dominated union.
Working in the labour movement since 2008, Mia has given up her free time and made her workplace available over the past 12 months to support EMILY's List fundraisers and networking events.