NCJWA Vic is delighted to congratulate all those Australians who were honoured in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours and in particular to those men and women in our community who were celebrated with an award. We congratulate the Victorian Jewish women: Naomi Milgrom AC, Tottie Goldsmith OAM, Helen Mahemoff OAM, Sue Morgan OAM, Natalie King OAM and Etkaterina Danova OAM. We would also like to mention the two other Jewish women honoured, both from NSW, Bess Rosen OAM and Emily Matters AM.
At the national level, 41% of honourees were women while in Victoria, women made up 49% of honourees. However, of the 29 people from across the Australian Jewish community (reported in the AJN) who received an honour, only 8 were women. In Victoria, 40% of Jewish honourees were women including one of only 2 Jewish recipients recognised as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC).
We still have a way to go before men’s and women’s contributions are celebrated equally. It’s time for the Jewish community across Australia to nominate more exceptional women so that they can be acknowledged for their achievements through the highest level of public recognition; an Australian honour.