Dr Skye Saunders is an Associate Professor of Law, the founder of Strike A Chord, an author and speaker.
An expert in gender and discrimination law, Skye Saunders groundbreaking research on sexual harassment in rural Australian workplaces – as well as the complaints process – has established her as a leading light in the field.
Today, she researches, writes and advocates on all different aspects of sex discrimination.
Dr Skye Saunders is a passionate and committed advocate for the advancement of gender equality. Her work comes from her heart. Growing up in Central Western NSW, she noticed some perplexing patterns of gender engagement in the rural areas.
Later, as a law student, she realised that nothing had been written about sexual harassment in the Australian rural environment, so she decided to fill the gap with her own research. Skye then wrote Whispers from the Bush: The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women.
In response to her findings, Skye created the ‘Strike A Chord’ framework, which seeks to disrupt patterns of sex discrimination by uncovering the hidden perspectives of these three stakeholder groups. In 2017, the Victorian Women’s Trust produced a short documentary film called ‘Grace Under Fire’, based on Skye’s research.
She is currently researching her new book project, ‘Defying Gravity – Rising Above Sex Discrimination in the Workplace’. Skye is also about to delve into a piece of research called ‘Boys from the Bush’, which will centre on men’s perspectives on sexual harassment in the bush.
ACHIEVEMENTS & ACCOLADES
Dr Skye Saunders is an Associate Professor in Law at the Australian National University and is the Vice President of the YWCA Canberra.
She recently taught a comparative US/ Australian Gender Law program at the University of Alabama and was a delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) in New York with the YWCA Australia.
Skye was also awarded the Chancellor’s 2017 Distinguished Young Alumni Award (University of Canberra).
Skye is a dedicated and ardent advocate for eliminating sexual harassment and unacceptable social behaviours. Throughout the time that she has spent on the Program advisory Committee and as Chair for the National No More Harm Conference 2018, the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association has come to rely on her professional input, insight and influence as a leader in the field
CEO, Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association
HOW CAN YOU WORK WITH SKYE SAUNDERS
WRITING / THOUGHT LEADERSHIP
Skye is a sharp and engaging writer, and is available for short pieces or research assignments. Her work is often used by businesses, community groups and organisations to develop strategies to disrupt patterns of sex discrimination in the workplace.
STRIKE A CHORD PROGRAMS
Strike A Chord is offered through tailored workshops to help employees, managers and employers more confidently embrace the principles of sex discrimination law, and practices that support gender equality.
As a mentor, Skye sees everyone as a unique, precious individual. Whether working with women, men or workplaces, she is widely regarded for her warm-heart and intellect.
A regular speaker at national and international conferences and events, Skye has the ability to powerfully engage hearts and minds. Her approach is empowering, inclusive and compassionate.
The research and speaking work that Dr Skye Saunders does for Women in Agriculture and those living and working in remote, rural and regional (RRR) communities is essential. Women need support to be able to follow their hopes and dreams, including career pathways. Skye creates practical strategies and support for women to engage and discuss the issue of discrimination and bullying as it arises in the work place. Without Skye’s research and work, women in RRR regions are once again less supported than their urban counterparts.
President of Australian Women in Agriculture, Company Secretary of National Rural Women Coalition