A Historical Timeline of Women in Australia

July 23, 2011 by legacycm  
Published in Women

A Timeline describing all the legal action taken to minimalise the disadvantage women have in the workplace.

Women and the law: A Historical Perspective

Date

Event

Pre-1893

Women considered unito caro (one flesh) with their husbands; had no right to own property in their own right

1893

 

Women granted the right to vote in South Australia

 

Married Women’s Property Act (NSW) grants women the right to both own property and enter into contracts

1901

Married Persons (Property and Tenants) Act, NSW allows women to both sue and be sued

1902

Women federally and in NSW get the right to vote and stand for Parliament

1918

Women in NSW granted the right to become lawyers

1921

Edith Cowan becomes the first woman elected to an Australian Parliament (Western Australia)

1943

Dorothy Tangney (WA) becomes first female Senator Enid Lyons (TAS) becomes the first female MHR

1947

Women in NSW granted right to sit on juries, but had the option not to

1959

NSW female teachers grated equal pay

1969

First Federal Equal Pay Case grants women doing the same work as men equal pay

1974

Second Equal Pay Case grants women in comparable jobs with men equal pay

1975

Family Law Act, Cth, provides only one ground for divorce – irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

1984

De Facto Relationships Act, NSW, allows de facto to claim past contributions when settling property matters following breaking down of their relationship

 

Federal Sex Discrimination Act passed

2000

Superannuation to be included as property following breakdown of marriage

2009

Federal Parliament assumes responsibility for all de facto relationships; de factos granted same rights as married couples

 

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