About our Club

BPW Adelaide advocates for women and develops leadership through building women's competence, capacity and confidence in their personal and professional arenas. Members work to take action for women's equality at work, on boards and in the economy.

The Club was established in 1952 and is still going strong. Our members are drawn from a range of backgrounds including business, professions, trades, government and non-profits.  Many members have leadership experience within BPW and on public and community boards. 

BPW Adelaide holds events open to non-members, with expert speakers on topics relevant to modern working women.  We focus on the personal and professional development of our members and on advocating for changes that improve opportunities for women to engage in work and in business and to take up leadership roles.

This PowerPoint presentation documents the history and achievements of BPW Adelaide and profiles current members. It was prepared for display at the club's 65th anniversary, celebrated at SA's Parliament House in November 2017. 

bpw adelaide profile and history 2017.pdf

BPW Adelaide has also produced a history booklet to mark our 65 years.  

BPW Adelaide History Document.pdf

Meeting Date and Place

1st Wednesday of every month (unless otherwise notified)
Business meeting: 5.30pm to 6.30pm at the Office for Women, 101 Grenfell St
Dinner and networking: from 6.45pm at a local restaurant

Club Contact Details

Angela Vaughan bpwadelaideangela@gmail.com

PO Box 3201
Rundle Mall SA 5000

Club email: adelaide@bpw.com.au
Phone: 08 8267 2001 Secretary Jean Murray

Equal Pay Day 2017 event: Gender Pay Equity: How do we make it happen?

BPW Adelaide marked Equal Pay Day 2017 with an expert panel presenting the facts about gender pay inequity in Australia.  The event was held on Wednesday 13 September 2017 at the Hawke Centre at UniSAThe podcast is accessible through the Hawke Centre website at http://www.unisa.edu.au/Business-community/Hawke-Centre/Events-calendar/Gender-Pay-Equity-How-do-we-make-it-happen/.

International Night Dinner 2018

BPW Adelaide will hold our annual International Night celebration at Damien's Restaurant, 123 Fisher Street Fullarton, on Wednesday 11 April.  Join us at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start to proceedings. IntN flyer 2018.pdf

Our guest speaker this year is geologist and space scientist Dr Laura Rollison, who was a Program Visitor at the International Space University and lectures in the UniSA joint Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program. Laura is an advocate for women in STEM and was named in the Top 50 women in Australia for the 'Superstars in STEM' program managed by Science and Technology Australia. She actively participates in STEM women mentorship programs such as the 'Women in STEM Speed Mentoring' event run by SA OFW in 2017.  

The evening will close with the BPW International Candle-lighting Ceremony.

Book at https://bpw.com.au/event-2841881 $55 members $60 non-members

Enquiries Adelaide@BPW.com.au

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We welcome you

If you are interested in finding out more about BPW in your local area, you are invited to join us at one of our meetings or events.  Please check the events sections above to find out what's on this month.  You can book online to attend.  Come and meet our members and enjoy discussions with like-minded women. 

Angela Vaughan


From the Club President

Welcome to BPW Adelaide. 

We are a diverse group of passionate women, working towards improving the working lives we and future generations will experience in Australia and globally. 

Professional interests and expertise across our membership include areas as diverse as ethics and governance, health policy and practice, small business in a range of industries and service sectors, representative government, finance and accounting, local government services and community services. 

Women’s issues of interest include pay equity, access to affordable and appropriate child care, discrimination in the work place, financial security over a woman’s life-cycle and domestic/family violence. 

We hold 3-4 networking events per year for the women of Adelaide, with our regular member meetings used to plan these events, contribute to BPW Australia projects and submissions and undertake personal development activities.  I hope you’re able to join us at our next public event, or as a new member at our regular meeting.

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About our club

In BPW, members matter most.  We focus on personal or professional development and issues that are relevant to our members.  

We enjoy different types of meetings including networking dinners, expert speakers and panels, workshops to enhance our skills and social events where lifelong friendships are made.

Our Special Projects

On 1st July 2016, a combined women's groups function hosted by BPW Adelaide celebrated 120 years of women's suffrage in SA. An amazing night with Frances Bedford MP dressed as inspiring suffragette Muriel Matters who was an absolute pleasure to have amidst us, telling us the history behind the day. Well done to everyone who organised this hugely successful dinner - the money raised is going to BPW Nepal and PNG. Great women and wonderful energy at the Adelaide Parliament House tonight!

Our Past Events

Take a look at some of our club's past dinner meetings, workshops and social events.  Read more... 

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Club Projects

We choose the local, national and international projects that our club members will support our club members have chosen to focus currently on these:

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White Ribbon Breakfast 

BPW Adelaide, along with BPW Adelaide Hills, spearheaded the inauguration of the White Ribbon Breakfast in Adelaide, working with a number of other women’s organisations in the first instance.  

This event is still led by BPW and is now organised by a committee of passionate men and women.  

They have grown the breakfast into a highly successful event over 8 years, emulating the popularity of the International Women’s Day Breakfast.  

The White Ribbon Breakfast committee succeeds in attracting high calibre speakers year on year, including Rosie Batty and (then) Chief of Army Lieutenant General David Morrison.

To view the videos of the events, please click on the images.

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ThinkFertility Website

BPW in South Australia initiated the ThinkFertility project as a result of a presentation by fertility specialist Dr Christine Kirby at a club meeting where members and guests displayed a surprising lack of awareness of reproductive biology, and it was apparent that there is a lack of available information about how fertility declines with age.  

Christine joined three BPW members, Dr Jean Murray, Gillian Lewis and Sheila Evans, to research and develop a website that presents information from a non-medical perspective, with a $34,200 federal government grant.  Lee McClusky came on board later to offer her marketing insights.   

The ThinkFertility website is maintained through sponsorship and can be accessed at thinkfertility.com.au.

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Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women
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