Gail Radford

 

Gail Radford

 

 

Gail’s first career was in veterinary science and included periods of small animal practice in Australia and overseas, cardiovascular research and aid work in Vietnam. In 1970 she joined Canberra Women’s Liberation and was the first Convenor of WEL-ACT. She combined lobbying for reforms for women with her veterinary career for the next few years. In 1973, she was appointed to the first National Committee on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation.

In 1975, Gail was appointed to the Office of the Public Service Board in Canberra as the Director of the Equal Employment Opportunity Section. This was the first position of its kind in Australia. Gail was, in essence, the first EEO Officer in Australia. For fifteen years Gail shaped and led EEO policies and programs, firstly from the Public Service Board and later from the Public Service Commission. In 1985, Gail became a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to women’s affairs and Equal Employment Opportunity.

In 1992, she was appointed to the position of Chief of the Human Resources Development Division in the headquarters of UNESCO in Paris. At the conclusion of her contract, she returned to Australia to become a Member of the Immigration Review Tribunal in Sydney. In 2001 she returned to Canberra to research and write at the Australian National University on the history of the Women’s Electoral Lobby and EEO in the public sector in Australia.

 

 

 

'This is my second go at Gail's portrait.  The first one was some years ago.  It was a cracker and I spoiled it.  I have tried to paint Gail as she always appears to me; bigger than life, full of news and absolutely fascinated in what you have to contribute.  I have tried to convey her warmth with the ochre background and her ready humour around her eyes and mouth.