Hannah McGlade

Activist Type
Human Rights

Hannah McGlade CF, a Kurin Minang Noongar woman of the Bibulman nation, is an Australian academic, human rights advocate, and lawyer whose impactful career spans across various realms. Graduating as the first Aboriginal woman from Murdoch University's law school, she went on to earn her Doctor of Philosophy with a thesis that garnered the prestigious Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) Stanner Award. McGlade's advocacy for Indigenous Australians has been formidable, from successfully litigating racial discrimination cases to championing national action plans against violence towards women. Her commitment to protecting sacred Indigenous sites and challenging misrepresentations in mainstream media, as seen in her critique of Bruce Pascoe's book Dark Emu, reflects her unwavering dedication to Indigenous rights. McGlade's roles as a Senior Indigenous Fellow at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues further underscore her global influence and commitment to advancing Indigenous rights on the international stage.

Artwork by
Jade Goodwin

In my digital illustration, I portray Hannah McGlade, a willful force in the pursuit of justice and human rights. With the Aboriginal flag as a backdrop, I symbolize Hannah’s deep-rooted connection to her culture and her unwavering advocacy for Indigenous communities. McGlade's steady gaze embodies power, determination, and authority, reflecting her significant contributions as an academic, lawyer, and activist. Portrayed in a dark pink shirt, she exudes feminine strength and self-determination, accentuating her role as a beacon of inspiration not only to women but also to First Nations people and Australia. Through this portrayal, I honor Hannah McGlade's relentless commitment to addressing systemic discrimination, advocating for women's rights, and safeguarding sacred Aboriginal sites.


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