As sex discrimination commissioner from 2007 to 2015, Elizabeth Broderick was instrumental in improving the lives of disadvantaged women by generating landmark revisions to sexual harassment law.
In 2015, Broderick stepped down from the position and now she’s taking her mission global, having been recently appointed to the United Nations as a Special Rapporteur on Discrimination Against Women across the world. “In this role I undertake country visits on behalf of the Human Rights Council in Geneva and report on the status of women in different nations,” she says.
Far from being a one-sided conversation, Broderick says, men must play a key part in this dialogue, and her Male Champions of Change strategy aims to shift the dial. “[I’ve] built a consulting practice working together with courageous leaders as they step up to examine culture in their nation-building institutions,” she says. “I have never felt as influential and connected as I do today.”
Broderick’s Women of Style Charity category win in 2013 inspired her to push forward: “I [felt] an even greater responsibility to speak when I see unfairness, to disrupt the status quo, to create great opportunities for other women, to raise my son to believe that equality is the only path.”
Leadership lessons... “I have learned that you don’t have to be extraordinary to lead. As one woman in the UN recently told me when explaining how change happened...she did what she could, when she could and that’s how she changed the world.”
Harness your influence... “What women of style have is the strategic capability to build strong relationships with those who hold the levers of power—those who can be influenced to create a more just world.”