In celebration of International Women’s Day, BABSOC was thrilled to host its inaugural Women's Breakfast and Panel. 

On Wednesday 4th March 2020, BABS students and staff were invited to gather in CLB 4, in recognition of the contributions of women to the BABS fields. Attendees, at varying points of their degrees and careers, were encouraged to freely and candidly discuss the distinctly female perspective of university, study, research and work. Various networking opportunities were available throughout the morning, with guests and speakers encouraged to mingle, share experiences, ask questions and enjoy each other’s company.  

The event began with a fully catered self-serve breakfast, followed by a sit-down panel featuring five wonderful speakers; all of whom came from diverse backgrounds and perspectives within the BABS community. In recognising the contributions of women to science, and opening dialogue about the challenges that may be faced, this event was a unique opportunity for greater understanding and fellowship between all in the BABS community. Not enough admiration nor appreciation can be expressed towards our panellists for their wisdom and candor:

  • Elisa Mokany
  • Isabelle Kingsley 
  • Louise Lutze-Mann
  • Megan Jones
  • Rabeya Rahmatullah 

The latter part of the morning was dedicated to a Q&A segment, during which audience members were free to direct questions to the panellists. A particular focus was lent to the spirit of strong female support and mentorship, by which not only the BABS community, but all broader communities that strive for equality, could be greatly empowered. 

This year’s International Women’s Day 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual. With the knowledge that there are so many inspiring and resilient women whose achievements enrich the BABS community as much as that of men’s, we can all take an active step in choosing to 

“…challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements, to collectively, create a gender equal world.”

A massive thanks must be made to the School of BABS, Arc, Ashanti Fogden, Justine Salazar, Reeva Nadkar, Natalie Le, Lisa Ngo and Judy Wei from BABSOC, for whose hard work and dedication have made the event possible. 

Words, Annabelle Lee


BABSOC is a student society that seeks to unite UNSW students studying under the BABS disciplines. The Professional Events Portfolio in particular, aims to enhance the student experience by facilitating professional connections and strengthening the UNSW alumni network. It was such a unique and special privilege to see both communities united in considered discussion and understanding about the female presence in BABS.