Media release
| 06 December 2022

Michelle Payne OAM to headline International Women's Day series

Registrations are now open for a special 10th anniversary series of International Women’s Day (IWD) events to be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane from 7–9 March 2023.

Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane events will be hosted by Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew AO, with a keynote address from Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne OAM.

The Perth event is a breakfast format featuring a live stream of Payne’s Melbourne address.

The first and only female to win the event, Payne’s triumph catapulted her into stardom where she is now a highly successful trainer, jockey and author.

Engineers Australia CEO Romilly Madew said the ground-breaking jockey was the perfect choice to headline the series.

“Michelle’s story of defying gender expectations to become a national icon and one of Australia’s most sought-after media and racing personalities is truly inspirational,” she said.

“International Women’s Day is both a celebration and reminder that there is still much work to be done in the name of gender equality. Since 2013 these events have enabled groups and individuals to come together to foster inspiration, celebrate IWD and network with like-minded professionals.”

Engineers Australia IWD celebrations attract thousands of professionals every year, and with the last series in 2021 a sell-out, people are advised to register early to avoid disappointment.

The theme for IWD2023 is #EmbraceEquity

For event information and registrations visit our International Women's Day website