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ⓘ Women in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly




                                     

ⓘ Women in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly

There have been 53 women in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly since its establishment in 1890. Women have had the right to vote since 1899 and the right to stand as candidates since 1920.

The first female candidate for the Legislative Assembly was Edith Cowan who was elected as a member of West Perth in 1921, representing the nationalist party of Australia. It was the first time a woman has won an election anywhere in Australia. Cowan was defeated in 1924, but in 1925, may Holman was elected to the Forrest place in the elections, becoming the first successful female labor in Australia. Holman was registered by Florence Cardell-Oliver nationalist party in 1936, who became the first female Cabinet Minister. Cardell-of Olivers retirement in 1956 led to a period of absence for women, to Jun Craig the Liberal party was elected in 1974, after which women were continuously represented in the Assembly.

Hilda Turnbull was the first National party woman to be elected to the Assembly in 1989, and only two women 1991-2013 Liz constable and Janet Woollard 2001-2013 – were elected as independent candidates. Adele Carles became the first greens member of the Assembly in 2009, though she later left the party. Only two indigenous women were elected to the Parliament of Western Australia, starting with Carol Martin in 2001.

                                     
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