To mark International Women's Day this year we are celebrating some of the women who make our College a world-leading institution for legal education and research.
Louise Taylor (BA/LLB ’01) is an ANU Law alumna and the eighth permanent magistrate on the ACT Magistrates Court. She is the ACT's first Aboriginal judicial officer and in 2019 received the ANU Indigenous Alumna of the Year award.
A Kamilaroi woman, Louise has a particular interest in women’s issues especially in relation to family, domestic and sexual violence and is passionate about the importance of access to justice for women, particularly for Aboriginal and other marginalised women.
What inspired you to study law?
The chance to speak to power with a foundation of knowledge and understanding about the law, in particular as it relates to Aboriginal people.
What motivates you?
The chance to contribute to my community ensuring that I am constantly honouring the privilege of my current role. Throughout my career I’ve been highly motivated by the achievement of outcomes that improve the lives of people with whom I come into contact - whether I’ve always achieved that is another matter but that motivation has been a constant driver of my professional life. On a personal front, my family has always been a source of motivation and inspiration.
Who is a woman you look up to?
My mum, Judi Taylor. Professor Megan Davis, Aunty Pat Anderson and Julie Tongs.
What does International Women’s Day mean to you?
It’s day to reflect on the position of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged women in our communities. It’s a chance to identify how much work must still be done to ensure thatall women are drawn along in the advancements and opportunities that some women increasingly have access to. IWD is a day to mark the achievements of women from all walks of life and an opportunity to highlight that every women should be given the chance to realise her potential and pursue her dreams.
What advice would you give your more junior self?
Self-doubt is a waste of energy. Focusing on what you can do and what (and how!) you can improve is much more satisfying. The pursuit of perfection is boring.
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