Hannah Archer Lawton, an English and drama teacher from Bulahdelah Central School, has become the 10th winner of the Rosemary Richards Scholarship from the Australian Education Union (AEU).
Rosemary Richards was a proud feminist, unionist and educator. She was a respected leader, colleague and friend who played a crucial role in shaping the AEU as an organisation which reflects feminist principles. A primary teacher, Rosemary was the Secretary of the ACT Branch of the AEU and ACT Branch President. She was a member of the AEU Federal Executive from 1990–1995 and assisted in the formation of the national AEU. She passed away in 2006.
The scholarship, established in her memory, is in recognition of the significant contribution that Rosemary made to the AEU and all its members, women in particular. Each year, one woman member of the AEU (including the Federation) is awarded a scholarship of $10,000 to increase her skills and experience in the union’s work in supporting its women members at a state/territory, national or international level.
Hannah will be looking at women in leadership in education unions via a number of case studies and will be developing recommendations to present to the AEU Federal Women’s Conference in 2017. She will be looking for examples of programs which can be implemented to increase women’s representation at all levels of union activism in NSW.
Hannah has a broad interest in women in educational leadership and is particularly keen to see women’s participation at all levels increase to be reflective of the teaching profession as a whole.