Two organisations focussed on women’s suffrage and federation were created in Western Australia in the early 1890s. The first was the international Woman’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) formed to foster ‘Social purity, total abstinence, and womanhood suffrage’. The second was the politically well-connected literary and cultural society, the Karrakatta Club for women. Amongst its strengths the Karrakatta Club fostered members’ public speaking skills. A third organisation, the Women’s Franchise League, was formed in 1899 with an Executive of women ‘faddists’ drawn from these two organisations, plus key male politicians and supporters in the colony. This organisation deliberately set out to broaden the participation of women of all socio-economic status in the debate on women’s suffrage.
SA Life Finding Founding Mothers
March 18 @ 6pm, State Library of SA
In the State Library of South Australia’s historic Institute building, hear about SA leading light Catherine Helen Spence from her biographer, Professor Susan Magarey. Learn about her domestic life through to her work on the national stage.
Then take a Founding Mothers’ tour through the Library wing named in honour of Spence and onto the glorious Mortlock Chamber, where we’ll serve refreshments while your browse the historic exhibitions.
Women Making History: Writers, Thinkers, Makers, Icons 1700–1900.
Tuesday 12 March to Wednesday 19 June 2013
An exhibition at The Johnston Collection, In Melbourne, of interest… this includes examples of literature, garments and artefacts associated with the early stages of the women’s rights movement.
To visit this exhibition phone: +61 3 9416 2515 or email: email@example.com
(Visitors are collected by courtesy bus from the foyer of the Hilton on the Park Hotel, 192 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne)
Although women in the latter half of the nineteenth century were prevented from equal participation in parliamentary politics, many were active in pursuing educational, social and political reform. Their efforts seriously hampered by their inferior legal status, particularly their lack of the vote, in New South Wales as in the other colonies, they formed political organisations and lobbied hard for the franchise.
Maybanke Susannah (Wolstenholme) Anderson (1845–1927)
Lone Hand 2 February 1914 National Library of Australia
One such reformer who worked strenuously for both women’s suffrage and for federation was Maybanke Susannah Wolstenholme as she was known at this time of her activity. Her interest in woman suffrage was driven by her understanding that only with the vote could women achieve the social changes she saw were so necessary and her interest in federation was an expression of her belief that it was the way to force the states, who were reluctant to join SA and WA in granting women the vote, to do Continue reading
First Ladies profiles women who have achieved noteworthy firsts over the past 100 years. The focus display includes Australia’s first female Governor General, Quentin Bryce; Elizabeth Blackburn, the first Australian-born woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize; and aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton, Australia’s first female commercial pilot. First Ladies maps the milestones accomplished by Australian women across diverse fields of endeavour, from politics, activism and academia to sport, science and business, taking in the stories of household names as well as unsung heroines.
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra: 1 February – 16 June 2013
Currently at the Canberra Museum and Gallery, in Gallery 5, an exhibition of interest: The Women Who Made Canberra.
As Canberra’s centenary year approaches, CMAG is celebrating the experiences of women in Australia’s national capital. Tribute is paid to the stories and achievements of a selection of women, bringing to light how they have shaped, and been shaped by, life in Canberra. Runs until Sunday, 17 March. Cnr. London Circuit and Civic Square, Canberra City.
We wonder what our nation’s Founding Mothers would think of our first female Prime Minister’s most famous speech to the Parliament?