Jean Arnot Recognition Awards 2024

Call for Nominations - Jean Arnot Recognition Awards

Call for Nominations – Jean Arnot Recognition Awards

Nominate a Remarkable Woman Over 90 Who Has Served Her Community

The National Council of Women of NSW Inc. and Business & Professional Women are proud to announce the Jean Arnot Recognition Awards and are now calling for nominations.

We invite you to nominate extraordinary women aged 90 and over who have dedicated their lives to serving women in their communities across NSW and ACT.

Event Details:

  • Event: Jean Arnot Recognition Awards
  • Date: 12th August 2024
  • Venue: Parliament House, Sydney

About the Awards: For over 30 years, the Jean Arnot Recognition Awards have honored women who have extended their volunteer roles well into their senior years. Each nominee must be recognised by their community, as self-nominations are not accepted.

Nomination Criteria:

  • Women aged 90 and over
  • Significant contribution to their communities, especially in supporting other women

Award Presentation: Nominees will be invited to a special luncheon at Parliament House, Sydney, where they will receive:

  • A Certificate of Recognition
  • A copy of the Profile Booklet
  • A special gift

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales, will present the certificates to the awardees.

How to Nominate: To nominate a deserving woman, please contact us at for a nominee form. A short biography must accompany the nomination.

Deadline: All nomination forms must be received by 24th July 2024 to ensure inclusion in the Profile Booklet of Nominees for 2024.

Join us in celebrating the incredible contributions of these remarkable women. Your participation and nominations are crucial in recognizing and honoring their lifelong dedication to improving our communities.

We look forward to receiving your nominations and celebrating these outstanding women together.




Jean Fleming Arnot MBE (23 April 1903 – 27 September 1995) was one of a select group of Australian librarians remembered and honoured as much for their service to society as for their professional endeavours. In very few cases has, the contribution to both been so distinguished, lengthy and sustained.

Jean and her associates were interested not just in equal pay but also in the position of women generally, in equal employment opportunity, in motherhood endowment, in child care, in the concept of a household wage, or putting a value on the work performed predominantly by women in the home.

Jean was active in committees and behind the scenes. She spoke at public forums and on the wireless, putting the case in her self-assured and measured way, never strident, always well-mannered but firm. The equal pay debate would require stamina, which Jean had aplenty, for it would only be resolved a few years before her retirement.

Jean was gracious, broad-minded, good-humoured, articulate, observant, caring and eternally curious. She changed with the times, and she changed the times. The library world and Australian society are richer and fairer for Jean Arnot’s contribution.

Jean Arnot at her 90th birthday celebrations.