Dr Joanna Howe is a Professor of Law and mother of five.
After finished a Bachelor of Economics/Law with First Class Honours at the University of Sydney, Joanna undertook a Doctorate of Philosophy in Law at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. After the birth of her first child in Oxford and pregnant with her second, Joanna was appointed as a Lecturer at the University of Adelaide where she has since built her academic career.
One of Australia’s foremost legal scholars in the field of labour migration, Joanna was invited by the Prime-Minister to attend the inaugural Jobs and Skills Summit in 2022, alongside 100 other eminent Australians. She was subsequently appointed by the federal government as part of an expert panel to review the Australian migration program and she serves on advisory bodies for the federal Minister for Immigration and the International Labor Organisation. The author and co-editor of three books and over 50 journal articles, Joanna is the recipient of SA InDaily’s 40 Under 40 Award and the University of Adelaide Women’s Research Excellence Award.
It was when the South Australian parliament passed new laws to introduce abortion up to birth, that Joanna felt compelled to devote her life to ending abortion, based on the conviction that abortion harms women and is the most horrific human rights abuse in Australia today. In 2022 Joanna co-founded Enid Lyons List, a new Australian organisation aimed at empowering prolife women into the public square. Joanna has since launched social media accounts on Instagram, Tiktok, Facebook and YouTube to educate, inform and inspire Australians on the issue of abortion. Joanna’s goal is to advocate for an Australia where abortion is unthinkable and where we provide meaningful support to all women during pregnancy and as mothers.