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The Maternity Allowance Act 1912 provided a payment of five pounds to new mothers—the equivalent of two weeks wages.
The Whitlam Government was the first government in the world to appoint an adviser on women’s affairs.
Ronald Mendelsohn, an adviser to Prime Minister Menzies, provides information to Cabinet on the employment of married women in the Commonwealth Public Service.
In this document Whitlam restates his government’s ‘three great aims’, Addressing barriers to women’s advancement aligned with all three of these aims.
Prior to 1975, in order to divorce, one party – the husband or wife – had to prove that the other party had committed a ‘matrimonial offence’ such as domestic violence.
This is an excerpt from the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.
This is a one-page handwritten petition from the executive of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) of Australasia.
A newspaper article about the appointment of feminist Jessie Street as a delegate to the San Francisco Peace Conference in 1945, by Prime Minister John Curtin.
This is a copy of a letter written by Elsie M. Paynter, regarding deployment of female postal officers during World War I.