17 February 2017
The public now the has opportunity to decide the winner of the First State Super 2017 NSW Women of the Year Awards, with the Minister for Women Tanya Davies today announcing 16 outstanding finalists.
Mrs Davies said the finalists represent an inspiring cross-section of women who have contributed to diverse industries and communities.
“Every day women across NSW lead the way in cultural and economic progress. The Women of the Year Awards is an opportunity to recognise these inspirational women,” Mrs Davies said.
“The Awards support the NSW Government’s commitment to building an equitable, inclusive and safe society where all women are valued and respected, can contribute meaningfully, and can enjoy the rights, freedoms and protections to which everyone in NSW is entitled to. 
“I wholeheartedly congratulate our finalists. To be shortlisted is an immense achievement and the nominations are of an impressively high calibre,” Mrs Davies said.
Online community voting is open until 11:59pm on Sunday 26 February 2017 and is open to all members of the public. Award categories open for  public voting include the Community Hero Award; Business Woman of the Year Award; Harvey Norman Young Woman of the Year Award; and REX Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award. The Awards are sponsored by First State Super.
The Premier’s Award for Woman of the Year and Aboriginal Woman of the Year Award winners will be chosen by the Premier of NSW and the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.
Winners will join an honour roll of inspirational women, including domestic violence survivor and founder of the Beauty Bank, Jennifer Armstrong; leading researcher in microbiology, Dr Dharmica Mistry; volunteer and fundraiser, Jodie McRae; founder of the Australian Lebanese Foundation, Professor Fadia Ghossayn; and advocate for Aboriginal children, Dana Clark.
A ceremony for the 2017 winners will be held on Wednesday 8 March 2017 with The Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Premier of NSW.
To discover the stories and vote, visit www.women.nsw.gov.au/awards 
Page Updated: Friday 17 February 2017