Inspiring more women into politics to make positive change
Licia Heath is the CEO of Women for Election Australia, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to increase the number of women in politics, across all levels of government and all parties.
Licia did not start out her career in politics and her candid perspective on the state of politics in Australia – and how women can help change it – is very timely and inspiring.
Licia even had a tilt for office herself, running as an Independent in the hotly contested Wentworth by-election in 2018, after then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was turfed as leader of the Liberal Party… for the second time.
That experience fuelled her commitment to help more women in Australia learn how to run for office and to encourage women from all backgrounds to get involved in the political process – to be that change many of us are looking for.
If the mere mention of politics is normally enough to make you switch off, this is one conversation you will find very refreshing.
In this episode, Licia talks about her career in the financial services industry, how she became involved in Women for Election and ended up in a high-profile by-election, why we need more women in politics, the positive stories we don’t tend to hear and the importance of ‘connecting purpose with parliament’.
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Women for Election Australia provides practical programs that are specifically designed to inspire more women to seek public office and to equip them with the tools and knowledge they need to succeed in their journey, visit wfea.org.au to find out more.
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