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Women in WA Parliament

Today's women MPs

Caitlin Collins was the 100th woman MP in WA Parliament. Who else is in Parliament?
Caitlin Collins with Chief Justice Peter Quinlan in the background

WA women MPs: firsts

Isolated WA has many firsts in politics, including the first woman Premier, Carmen Lawrence.
Carmen Lawrence at a press conference

Women’s right to vote

Women did not get the right to vote in WA until 1899.
Edith Cowan how to vote card

Who went before?

Who were the former women MPs?
three female members in the Legislative Council

Edith Cowan: first woman MP

The first woman in WA Parliament was Edith Cowan. Read her inspirational story.
Portait ' Mrs. Edith Dirksey Cowan' by Portia Geach

Laws that changed women's lives

In 1923, Edith Cowan introduced the Women’s Legal Status Bill for women to be lawyers.
Newspaper image of Edith Cowan in parliament

Gender split

In 1947, there was one woman in the WA Parliament. What is the split now?
One female with eleven Male ministers

May Holman: first Labor woman

Entertainer and union secretary, May Holman was the first Labor woman in WA Parliament.
May Holman

Library Publications

See all the library’s fact sheets on women.
Top of the Women's Legal Status Act 1923

Get involved

Have your say about the things that are important to you.
Donna Faragher in the Legislative Council looking to her left

WA women MPs timeline

Find out the dates of women entering WA Parliament.
Female members of the 40th parliament

Education resources

Check the range of resources on WA women in parliament eg school workbooks, videos etc.
Year 7/8 resource