Who is she?
Dame Leonie Kramer was the first woman to be Professor of English in Australia (at the University of Sydney) and the first woman to be Chair of the board of the ABC. She was also the first woman Chancellor of the University of Sydney.
She was a controversial figure at times – she was critical of the acclaimed Australian author Patrick White – and she chaired the Miles Franklin Award panel which chose Helen Demidenko’s book The Hand That Signed the Paper as the winner.
Why should we thank her?
Dame Leonie was a formidable figure in academia in Australia and achieved an incredible amount for a woman of her time.