Lois Joyce Bryson was born on the 5th October 1937 in Australia. She completed her BA in 1959 followed by a DipEd in 1964, both at the University of Melbourne, before gaining her PhD in sociology at Monash University, Melbourne (1970). Throughout her extensive career, Bryson occupied numerous academic positions, including Senior Lecturer at Monash University (1965-1978), and Associate Professor and later Head of Sociology at the University of New South Wales (1980-1983). She then re-located to the University of Newcastle (1990) where she served as both Professor of Sociology and Head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, retiring as Emeritus Professor in 1997. Bryson has published widely across a range of topics, including issues around social policy, gender, work, the welfare state and women’s health. Some of her key publications include the first Australian sociological study of a suburb, An Australian Newtown (1972), written with Faith Thompson, a follow up study, Social Change, Suburban Lives (1999), co-authored with Ian Winter, and Welfare and State: Who Benefits? (1992). Bryson served as President of SAANZ from 1975-1976. In 1998, she was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Bryson continues to have an active voice on issues of governmental policy and remains involved with many community organisations focused on women and issues of social welfare.