The list honours and celebrates women and men making the world more equitable, whether they exert influence through policymaking, research or advocacy.
Growing up in the the small NSW town of Coonabarabran in outback Australia the young Susan had no knowledge of university life or the business of government.
“Education transformed my life. I want to help other rural girls achieve whatever they can imagine, to open up horizons of choice and ambition,” she said.
“My research and policy work is grounded in the women’s movement in Australia and the region. I want my work to be connected, useful, and to generate ideas for advocacy.
“It is a privilege to make sure the experience of women and girls surviving conflict, building peace and seeking justice is recorded, analysed, and above all, celebrated.”
Susan is an Associate Professor with the Griffith Law School and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow. She has worked for the UN Women National Committee Australia and is currently on the board of the Refugee Council of Australia.
Those in Apolitical’s Top 20 include: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Malala Yousafzai, Marl è ne Schiappa, Katja Iverson, Amina Mohammed, Julia Gillard, Margot Wallström, Justin Trudeau, Caren Grown, Melinda Gates, Michelle Bachelet, Geeta Rao Gupta, Marian Baird, Åsa Regnér, Sadiq Khan, Iris Bohnet, Sarah Degnan Kambou, Maryam Monsef and Gary Barker.
The list recognises pioneering people across seven categories: Public Service, Politics, Academia, Philanthropy, International organisations, NGOs and Advocacy.
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