An online celebration of trailblazing women who have broken through barriers in federal parliament and beyond

The Women

I’VE GOT MY IRISH UP AND I’M GOING TO FIGHT LIKE MAD
Dame Dorothy Tangney
I HOPE WE DO SEE MANY MORE WOMEN EMBARKING ON A PARLIAMENTARY CAREER ... I'M NOT GOING TO SAY...DIFFICULTIES DON'T EXIST, BUT THERE ARE A LOT OF REWARDS
Susan Ryan
I INTEND TO BRING THAT WIRADJURI FIGHTING SPIRIT INTO THIS PLACE, FOR THE PEOPLE OF BARTON, FOR THE FIRST PEOPLES, AND FOR THOSE GREAT LABOR VALUES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE AND EQUALITY FOR ALL PEOPLE.
Linda Burney

Those Who Came Before

From the moment Australian women were given full political rights they were determined to enter politics.

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Women in politics and the media

‘How do you manage to be both a Senator and a mother?’ Who will look after your children? Will you get a cleaner? Who is cooking for your husband?’

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Statistics

Globally, there are 38 States in which women account for less than 10 per cent of parliamentarians in single or lower houses, as of June 2016, including 4 chambers with no women at all.

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