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Maree Overall

Women's policy, gender equality and affirmative action activist

Maree Overall


About Me

Maree is the CEO of EMILY’s List Australia, a financial and political support network for progressive Labor women candidates. With a background in science and a PhD in Biochemistry, Maree had a 7-year post-doctoral career in the university sector that also involved public and political advocacy for medical research. She is a Life Member of the Australian Society for Medical Research.

Upon leaving academia she forged a path in the small business of conference and event management mainly for the association industry. Throughout this time her advocacy for women in science and promotion of STEM as career paths for women and girls continued.

Before taking on the CEO role at EMILY’s List Australia, Maree was Senior Advisor to the late Minister Fiona Richardson during the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence and the early implementation stage. Her main responsibility was for the development and implementation of the Strategy for the Prevention of Family Violence and All Forms of Violence Against Women and for key aspects relating to women’s leadership, economic security, STEMM and health and well-being in preparation of Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy.


BSc(Hons); PhD (Biochemistry)

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