Jean Arnot Recognition Awards 

also Nominate a remarkable woman 90 years old and over who has worked for women in their communities across NSW and ACT.

The National Council of Women of NSW Inc. Executive Committees and Business & Professional Women cordially invite you and your colleagues, family and friends to attend the Jean Arnot Recognition Awards.

We invite all individual members and Affiliated Organisations to consider nominating women in their communities eligible for a Jean Arnot Recognition Award.

Nominees will be invited to attend a luncheon on Monday, 14th August 2023, at Parliament House, Sydney. Awardees will be presented with a Certificate of Recognition, a copy of the Profile Booklet and a special gift.

NCW NSW Patron, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC, Governor of New South Wales, has also accepted the 2023 invitation to attend and present the Awardees with their certificates while seated at their table.

For over 30 years, we have come together to recognise women ninety and over in our communities for achieving that extra length of time in their volunteer roles. Each awardee’s nomination comes from their community – they can’t self-nominate.

Nominate or join us to celebrate with these incredible women who have impacted our communities.

To ensure your Nominee’s inclusion in the Profile Booklet of Nominees for 2023, all forms must be received no later than Monday, 24 July 2023. A short biography is required.

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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.