7 Jane Judd on rewarding women's efforts and creating role models via the Pandora Prize
We came up with the Pandora Awards as a way of a more positive spin, of saying, OK, we are going to do something for those women who’ve made a significant contribution to publishing and to women in publishing. And I think that is one of the best things that has come out of Women in Publishing because, so often, women’s efforts in publishing go unremarked, unrewarded. You know, there are so many women who do wonderful work in setting up a new company, starting up a new group, helping others in their community, becoming the first, the first woman to do this or that. Whatever the criteria is, it’s always been to reward extraordinary talent and effort and I think that they did that very well because a lot of people came along to the Awards Ceremonies and then the Award would be reported in the
Trade Press. So it was a way of broadcasting to other people the achievements that these women had made.
And what would be the value of that to other women?
Oh, role models is the most obvious one. Knowing that they’re out there. Knowing that there’s somebody else who’s broken the ground, who’s done something that they might be interested in doing. Somebody they can go to for more information or support. There are any number of reasons why , and just to say that there are women out there doing these things. And to give them a pat on the back and say we recognise what you’ve done and it’s fantastic that you’ve done this.