Congratulations to Dr Catherine Bishop who has just been awarded the prestigious Ashurst Business Literature Prize for 2016 for her debut book Minding Her Own Business: Colonial Businesswomen in Sydney. In 2013 Catherine was awarded the Gender Institute Prize for Excellence in Gender Research for her PhD thesis, upon which half the book was based. Catherine is only the third female author to win since it started in 2004, and this is the first book about women ever to win the prize.
Catherine Bishop is a Kathleen Fitzpatrick Junior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney and the current Australian Religious History Fellow at the State Library of NSW. She has published extensively on gender and business in an Australasian context. Her other projects include a forthcoming book on New Zealand colonial businesswomen and a biography of female missionary Annie Lock. She is also researching the International Federation of Business and Professional Women and a history of Australian women in small business.