Dorothy Tangney, first woman elected to the Senate
Extract from Personalities in New Federal Parliament (1943)
Short speech to camera by Dorothy Tangney, the first women elected to the Senate.
In 1902 Australia became the first nation in the world to introduce equal federal suffrage to men and women. The Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902 allowed women to both vote and stand for election. But it took another 41 years for the first women to be elected to the Australian Parliament. In 1943 Enid Lyons became the Member for Darwin (in Tasmania) in the House of Representatives, and Dorothy Tangney was elected to represent Western Australia in the Senate.
NFSA: 15242 Newsreel courtesy Cinesound Movietone Productions, NFSA
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