For International Women’s Day [8 March] we recognised some outstanding female graduates who’ve made or are making an indelible impact on our local, national and international communities.

Sue McCormack
A UC graduate, Sue McCormack has been Tumu Whakarae | Chancellor of the University since 2018. With her tenure coming to an end, we asked Sue to reflect on her UC education, her career and what leading her alma mater has meant to her. Read more>

Lexie Matheson
We are thrilled we can celebrate and recognise International Women’s Day during Christchurch Pride Week, as we are extraordinarily proud of #UCEducation graduate, Lexie Matheson.

When Lexie was made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZM) in 2016, it was an acknowledgement of her more than thirty years of dedication to LGBTQIA+ activism, education, sports and performing arts in Aotearoa New Zealand. Earlier this year she was named a semi-finalist for Ryman’s Senior New Zealander of the Year. Read Lexie’s story here>

Kahurangi | Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts
Over an accomplished life of education and advocacy, Kahurangi | Dame Aroha Reriti-Crofts was named ‘Young Māori Woman of the Year’, awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal, named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and just last year, named Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Kahurangi Aroha is more than a #UCLegend, she’s taonga to UC, Ōtautahi Christchurch and Aotearoa New Zealand. We share her story, courtesy of Te Karaka, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, here>

Gemma New
When she graduated in 2010, Gemma New never got a picture of herself in cap and gown as she was, quite literally, on her journey to becoming one of the world’s top conductors instead.

“It’s a privilege to be recognised for the work I’m doing… many doors have opened for me, but I’ve often had to knock on the door, turn the handle and walk through.” Read more>

Miriama Kamo
“My Bachelor of Arts has been extraordinarily useful as a journalist. You learn to think analytically, laterally and creatively. I loved my UC experience.”

Waitaha Canterbury born and bred, UC Arts graduate Miriama Kamo [Ngāi Tahu/Ngāti Mutunga] has been telling stories her whole life, something she now considers to be both a privilege and a responsibility.” Read more>

Emeritus Professor Jane Soons
Described as “[achieving] in a male dominated world, without modelling herself on men,” UC’s first female Professor, Emeritus Professor Jane Soons was a trailblazer and role model for female academics and students of Geomorphology.  Read a little more about Jane’s journey, here>

We will be celebrating Emeritus Professor Soons’ life and her enduring impact on the field of Geography this June. We look forward to sharing more about this very special event, soon.

We shared these stories across UC social media channels, please feel free to like and share yourself, or take the opportunity to celebrate the outstanding women in your life!

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