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A Fit Place for Women: NSW Parliament

Exploring the role and history of women in state politics

A Fit Place for Women: NSW Parliament presents a summary of the past 100 years of state politics during which women have acted as campaigners, protestors, voters, parliamentary officers, members, ministers and leaders of government.

Through a display of artefacts, artworks, photographs, rare documents, newsreels and more, visitors will gain an unparalleled insight into women in politics. There are the stories of the NSW Womanhood Suffrage League and the campaign for the vote; the stories of historic and contemporary trailblazers such as Millicent Preston Stanley, Catherine Green, Janice Crosio, Kerry Chikarovksi and Kristina Kenneally; the stories of legislative review and reform driven by women; and the stories of groups such as the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Association, working to encourage future women into Australian politics.

“It is important that we acknowledge the contribution of both women and men to Australia’s first and oldest Parliament,” said the Hon Shelley Hancock MP, the 30th Speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly and the first woman to hold the position. “Many recognise names such as Henry Parkes and Jack Lang, but how many know the names Millicent Preston Stanley, Ellen Webster and Lillian Fowler? These determined women helped forge a path into politics at a time when it was exclusively for men.”

A Fit Place for Women: NSW Parliament opens at Parliament House on Monday 16 January and runs through until Friday 28 April. Entry is free, and doors are open from 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday to Friday, and from 9:00am-6:00pm on Wednesdays when Parliament is sitting. There will also be a special opening on the Australia Day public holiday, from 10:00am to 3:00pm.

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Where

6 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Parliament House

When

Every day, 9am to 5pm

Monday 16 January to Friday 28 April 2017

Doors open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and 9am-6pm on Wednesdays when Parliament is sitting with a special opening on the Australia Day public holiday, from 10am-3pm.

Cost

Free

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