4. Trailblazer for female accountants
In the 1970s women were a minority in accounting. Of the 36,928 members of the Australian Society of Accountants (ASA), a forerunner to CPA Australia, only 5 per cent were women.
This figure had jumped by 25 per cent in 1988 when Price Waterhouse partner Elizabeth Alexander took the helm as the president of ASA – the first female national president of any major accounting professional body.
Paving the path for female accountants, Alexander famously said that when people saw she “was serious about having a career and was prepared to put my shoulder to the wheel to achieve it, my sex became irrelevant”.
Today, nearly half of CPA Australia’s members are women.