Independent Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest has been named as the only Tasmanian finalist in the Australian Financial Review's 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2019.
Ms Forrest has been a member of the state's Legislative Council since 2005.
The awards are broken up into 10 categories and Ms Forrest, who has recently contributed to debate and reform around women's issues, gender law, marriage equality and access to terminations, has been nominated in the public policy category.
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While people can self-nominate for the awards, Ms Forrest herself was nominated by a third party.
She said it was "humbling" and "an honour" to be named a finalist.
"That was months ago, and you sort of forget about it," Ms Forrest said. "So it was a nice surprise [to be named a finalist]."
"There was an email that came [in] in the early hours of this morning, which I didn't see until I got up.
"I had to read it a couple of times to be sure I wasn't misreading it."
Other notable finalists for the 100 Women of Influence Awards include Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman and former chief minister of the ACT Kate Carnell, eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant, City of Sydney councillor and former independent Wentworth MHR Kerryn Phelps and commercial litigator Nyadol Nyuon.
Finalists and winners are made Women of Influence alumni, joining a network of past finalists and winners.
Ms Forrest said this was something she was particularly excited about.
"It just creates a whole heap of networks and connections that can further enable my ability to influence because you have all these other really amazing women that have got their own stories and have achieved their own successes," she said.
"You see some of the other women on the list ... we all do our bit and you don't do it for this but it's really nice to get recognised for ... the hard work that you do that often isn't appreciated as much."
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"My job is my job but I made a commitment to myself a long time ago to stand up for those who are marginalised and try to lead public policy debate in the state, in areas that aren't easy like ... tax reform ... to try to be a leader in discussions around health and mental health and also education."
For the 2019 awards, 833 entries were received.
According to the AFR, finalists were assessed against a number of criteria, including dedicating their time and energy to "helping and encouraging other women in their industry, for confronting unfairness, and using their skills and ability to help change the status quo to a more equal, more diverse and vibrant society".
There were a large number of entries for the category in which Ms Forrest was nominated.
The winners of the individual categories, as well as the overall winner, will be announced at a gala dinner in Sydney on October 22.