ⓘ Women in the South Australian Legislative Council

                                     

ⓘ Women in the South Australian Legislative Council

There have been 20 women in the South Australian Legislative Council since its establishment in 1840. Women have had the right to vote and stand as candidates since 1894.

In 1895, South Australian women became the first state in Australia, and one of the first in the world to be given the right to vote and to stand for election to Parliament. The following year, the election of 1896, the first women in Australia voted. Ironically, South Australia was the last state to elect a female representative, in the elections of 1959 when Jessie Cooper and Joyce Steele were elected to the Parliament of South Australia for the liberal and country League teams.

The first woman candidate in the Legislative Council the difference was the patience Howard, nee Hawker on March 28, 1900 – August 9, 1994, which stood for the labour party at the Central No. 2 in the 1953 elections. She and her partner Mr. Leslie McLean Wright was unsuccessful in this liberal stronghold. Mrs. Howard was already sitting as an impregnable seat of Burnside in 1946 elections

The first woman candidate in the Legislative Council was Cooper. In 1975, she joined the works of the first woman-Doc, Anne levy, who later became the first and only woman President of the Legislative Council of South Australia. Sandra Kanck was the first woman Democrat in 1993, and Anne Bressington was the first female independent in 2006.

                                     
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