Betty Amsden on gender stereotypes

Betty Amsden got her first job at 16 and announced to her parents she was, from that point on, independent. From that moment onwards, Betty went on to become a successful businesswoman and a self-made philanthropist – one of the leading donors to the arts in Victoria. Determined, generous and kind, everyone who met Betty fell in love with her spirit, tenacity and humour.

She was a long time patron of the Arts Centre Melbourne and sat on the boards of many wonderful organisations including Guide Dogs Victoria. She was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in 2002, Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2014 and added to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2012, among many other incredible achievements.

Betty passed away earlier this year, aged 90. She was an incredible leader and woman who inspired all around her to follow their dreams and never give up. Her strength, humour, generosity and spirit will not be forgotten. Thank you Betty for being you and for leaving this world a better place for it.