Frances Crimmins has been the Executive Director of leading feminist organisation, YWCA Canberra since 2013. She is the current Co-Chair of Anti-Poverty Week in the ACT, and was also the Chair of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Committee for Women.
Frances says that at YWCA Canberra, promoting gender equality and diversity is embedded practice, through a number of policies and procedures that support flexibility in the workplace.
Under Frances’s leadership, YWCA Canberra has been cited as a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice since 2014, and accredited as a Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace since 2013.
Frances was drawn to YWCA Canberra in 2010 as she had always identified as a feminist, and has a strong belief in social justice, which she attributes to her mother’s influence. Having faced discrimination during her own career journey, she is now committed to being a strong voice for women.
Frances is a mother and a carer herself, and passionately believes that women should not be forced to choose between a having a successful career and a satisfying home life, or made to feel less valued as a result of their choices. She feels strongly about offering flexible and equitable working arrangements for employees, and advancing equal opportunities for women.