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Patricia Lawson OAM

Patricia Lawson, (1958 PLC Sydney graduate) received an OAM in 2011 for “service to the community, particularly through Zonta International”.

Patricia has campaigned hard for women’s rights and anti whaling policies over the past 30 years. She joined the women’s advocacy group Zonta in 1979, where she lobbied the federal government to stop human trafficking, as well as also supporting victims of domestic violence, and fighting for equal pay. Patricia believes she inherited her strong sense of independence and social responsibility from her “feminist” grandmother. “My grandmother was one of seven daughters who were all educated, and she used to say things like, ‘always have your own bank account Patricia’,” Patricia said. “I have always believed in giving back to the community and through Zonta I’ve also had the chance to right some wrongs.”

An accountant by trade, Patricia was the director of a veterinary vaccination company from 1972 to 1995, during which time she also became involved with anti-whaling organisation, Project Jonah. “I represented Australia at International Whaling Commission meetings, which resulted in a motion (in 1990) that the Indian Ocean be declared a whale sanctuary for all time, being passed.” 

Zonta is an amazing service organisation and advocacy for women around the world. For more information about Zonta, visit https://www.zonta.org/About-Us/ZI-History 

Patricia Lawson OAM

Patricia Lawson OAM