EVATT, Elizabeth

Born: 11 November 1933

Special Achievements:

Australian reformist lawyer and jurist. A leading trailblazer, her support of women's civil and human rights has left Australia with a significant and lasting legacy. A woman with many "firsts" to her name, she was the first female law student at the University of Sydney to achieve the University Medal in Law; first woman to preside in an Australian Federal Court when appointed Chief Judge of the newly created Family Court of Australia (1976-1988); first female Deputy President of the Industrial Relations Commission (1973-1994) and first Austraian elected to the Committee on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women.  She served on the Committee from 1984-1992 and was Chair from 1989-1991.