To mark 2020 International Women’s Day (#EachforEqual), NCWQ is profiling an impressive women each day in and around the 8th March. These featured young women are past NCWQ Bursary Recipients, and have demonstrated incredible leadership, success, community service, intelligence and commitment to their personal and professional passions. In today’s feature, past bursary recipient Morgan Lynch shares her thoughts.

To learn more about the bursary program, keep an eye on our website in the coming month. 

1. What were the benefits to you in being a 2019 NCWQ bursary recipient?

While I am of course appreciative of the financial support I received as the 2019 recipient of the NCWQ Lady Justice Bursary, as this has helped ease the financial strain of pursuing a double degree in law and economics, I am perhaps most grateful for the opportunity the NCWQ has given me to meet many highly accomplished women.  The members of the NCWQ, including, of course, my fellow  2019 NCWQ bursary recipients, come from vastly different backgrounds and have equally diverse career aspirations.  However, they are united in their overwhelming sense of compassion for others and unwavering determination to succeed in their chosen fields.  These are qualities I find immensely inspiring and hope to emulate as I complete my university studies and enter the workforce.

2. What are your goals for this year?

At the end of last year, I was elected to the 2020 executive committee of QUT Women in Law (QUTWIL).  In my role as Industry Engagement Officer, my goal is to create meaningful opportunities for QUTWIL members to engage with the legal profession at networking and panel events.

3. What is your personal mantra or self-talk that you use to keep yourself on track in pursuing your aspirations?

I am a big fan of the ‘“five by five” rule: If it doesn’t matter in five years, don’t spend more than five minutes being upset by it.  This rule helps give me the perspective I need to refocus my energy on pursuing my long-term goals, rather than spending time dwelling on the minor stumbling blocks I encounter along the way.

4. Who have been your most significant female role models?

On a personal level (and I realise this is going to sound extremely cliche), my biggest role model is my mother.  I hope one day to demonstrate her level of empathy, insight and, above all else, resilience.  My greatest professional role model, however, is US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Throughout her six-decade-long legal career, she has not only pursued academic and professional excellence, rising to occupy one of the highest judicial offices in the United States, but has used her time and skills to fight for causes she is passionate about including gender equality.

I have also attached the QUT Women in Law sponsorship prospectus to this email.  QUTWIL was founded at the start of 2019 and, in our first year on campus, we have quickly garnered a reputation for promoting a culture of diversity and inclusivity within the QUT community and its next cohort of legal graduates. As a result, our membership base has grown to encompass an engaged community of over 200 talented and high-achieving law students. By way of example, QUTWIL’s founding executive team of nine students included a QUT Law Medalist, 2020 Supreme Court and District Court Judges Associates, future graduates at Australia’s top-tier firms, champion mooters, Student Guild representatives and women dedicated to local and global social justice initiatives. 

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