Local Moira resident Lorna Morris OAM is one of 21 inspiring and exceptional women who have been inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women today.
Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams today paid tribute to the 2019 inductees, a list of women like Lorna who have made enormous contributions to society in fields such as business, education, policing, health and medical research, and public life.
In 1967, Lorna Morris OAM became the first owner and editor of the regional newspaper, the Numurkah Leader, after the unexpected death of her husband. She led the independent family owned newspaper at a time when women were not legally permitted to open their own bank account. A mother of five children, in debt and with only a basic education, this trailblazing widow became a journalist, editor, photographer, bookkeeper at the newspaper – she even took up the role of cleaner when staff, unwilling to work for a female boss, handed in their notice. Mrs Morris received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2008.
She joins more than 600 Victorian women who have been inducted since the Honour Roll first began in 2001.
The latest inductees have been recognised as part of three distinct categories: trailblazers, change agents or local champions. Each and every one has made a long-lasting contribution to making our state a better place for women – and for all Victorians.
The Andrews Labor Government is enshrining gender equality in law for the first time in Australian history, with the development of legislation that proposes Victorian Government departments, the public sector and local governments achieve gender equality through quotas, action plans and reporting.
For further information on the Victorian Honour Roll and this year’s inductees, visit www.vic.gov.au/women
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“This is a fitting tribute for outstanding women like Lorna who have faced down challenges to make the world a better place.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams
“On International Women’s Day, we’re paying tribute to a group of exceptional and inspirational women who have left an indelible mark on society. They are giants in their field.”
“I’m so proud to be joining these fabulous women to celebrate the enormous contribution they have made making the lives of people all over Victoria, Australia and the world so much better.”