Meet Bronwyn Bancroft: artist, teacher, Board Director and an activist for change – International Women’s Day, 2018

Where are you from?

I was born in Tenterfield, Northern NSW. The last of seven children. I am a Bundjalung woman.

What do you do?

I am a mother, an artist, a teacher, a Board Director and an activist for change.

What is one of the best decisions you have made?

To complete High School and go to Art School in 1976!

What is one of the worst decisions you have made?

There are too many too list but I think utilising the impact of a bad decision allows you to grow and learn.

What are some of the barriers to female leadership?

Patriarchy is the barrier. Women are life givers and should be respected for that. Our ability to multi-task has been forgotten and our desire for better conditions, ignored. I have worked independently most of my life because I am frustrated by the inequality.

This year’s NAIDOC theme is “Because of Her, We Can” – what do you think about this theme? And what women have inspired you?

I think they landed on a great theme. It is not often that we thank the people who have worked so diligently for change. I am inspired by so many women. Mum Shirl, Marie Bashir, Quentin Bryce, Sally Morgan, my daughters, Ella and Rubyrose and the list is endless.

What advice would you give to empower the next generation of women?

Live 3 lives in the one you have. Never ever give up! Always agitate and demand that your presence matters and your contribution. Volunteer to assist as money makes barriers and contribute to the wider society whenever you can. Be humble.

What do you think about this year’s theme of #PressForProgress? 

Any momentum that can be harnessed to make change is to be applauded.

Do you have a website or any social media platforms you would like us to include?

www.bronwynbancroft.com