Australian Women's Movement (1945-2014)

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Women's Charter

1946

The second women's Charter conference opens in Sydney

Woman Minister

05/26/1951

Australia's first woman minister "I do not feel that I am handicapped in anyway by being a woman. Man in the business and shipping world have been extremely helpful to me" Mrs Cardell- Oliver

Council

1966

South Australian council for aboriginal women was created.

Employment

1966

The restriction for married women to become permanent employees in the Federal Public services was lifted.

Equal Pay

06/19/1969

Equal pay is achieved for women. After decades of campaigning, Australian women workers win equal pay rates with men doing comparable work under an Arbitration Commission decision for incremental increases.

Rape Crisis

1972

First Rape crisis center established by women

Mother's Benifit

1973

Supporting mother's benefit introduced.

Woman's Adviser

1973

Elizabeth Reid becomes the world's first woman's advisor to a Prime Minister/President

International Woman's Day

1975

Australia holds the first celebrations for international women's day

Aboriginal Barrister

1976

Pat O'Shane became Australia's first Aboriginal Barrister

Surf Life Saving

1980

Women were allowed to join Surf Life Saving Association of Australia.

UNO's Goal

1984

The Federal Sex Discrimination Act was passed on one of the bases of UNO's Goals:
Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.

Equal Employment

1986

The Affirmative Action Act was pass through Parliament

High Court

1987

Justice Mary Gaudron was the first lady to be appointed to high court

Head of State

1989

First female head of state, Rosemary Follett in ACT

Women's History Month

03/08/2000

Hon Margaret Reid, Senator for the ACT and President of the Senate, launched Women's History Month in Parliament House Canberra.

Officer Of Order Of Australia

2004

In 1969, Zelda D'Aprano chained herself to the Commonwealth Building in Melbourne. 35 years later (2004) she was awarded the Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her campaigning on women's workplace issues.

Deputy Prime Minister

2007

Julia Gaillard was the first woman to be appointed Deputy Prime Minister

Governor-General Of Australia

2008

Quentin Bryce is the first woman to be appointed Governor-General of Australia.

High Court of Australia

2009

Virginia Bell is the fifth woman to be sworn in as a Justice of the High Court of Australia.

Prime Minister

05/09/2010

Julia Gillard became the first woman Prime Minister of Australia.

Federal Parliament

2013

Olympic Hockey Gold medalist, Nova Peris was the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to a seat in Federal parliament.