Never underestimate what you can do in life
Patricia Evans 1927-2022
Newnham’s colourful bird’s-eye descriptions of Sydney’s city streets create tantalising images. We ‘see’ Patricia arrive to brief company board members wearing her smart two-piece and heels (she had done some modelling in her twenties, so she knew how to enter a room), carrying ledgers, pencils, and paper in hand, confident of her skills. One gets the sense that Patricia is undeterred by the social norms of the times, entering this male-dominated field expecting full access.
What Glass Ceiling?
Patricia Julianne Evans (nee Morris)
In 2021, for BORAL's 75th anniversary 93-year-old Patricia Evans/Morris is featured on the promotional poster which was given to all Boral employees; on 8th March Patricia was recognised for International Women's Day; and in May she was guest speaker for their Women's Leadership Group. On the day of her online talk a number of women and men employees gathered to hear this inspiring remarkable woman speak of her experiences and memories pioneering executive roles for women in the company.
The story of Patricia Evans' memories of life: how her determination and independence developed, to gaining her certification as a Federal Accountant in 1948 and entering the male-dominated executive world. In 1949 21-year-old Patricia Morris was the first female accountant employed by Bitumen and Oil Refineries (Australia) Limited (BORAL).
In 1956 married and a mother, Patricia achieved certification as a Chartered Secretary at a time when lifting of the Australian Marriage Bar to married women working in many areas of employment was still a decade away. In 1968, Patricia secured the first of many family-friendly workplace inclusions in her employment contracts.
Throughout her life Patricia has been recognised as an inspiration to others to achieve their goals.