Australian Women and Leadership

Australian Women and Leadership


Through an alliance of academic researchers and six partner organisations the project promotes new understandings of the nature and extent of non-Indigenous and Indigenous women’s leadership across a century of Australian democracy. The project will result in an online encyclopedia produced in collaboration with the eScholarship Research Centre, and related initiatives including digitally recorded interviews. The project will enable key national cultural institutions to present a more gender-balanced account of women’s achievements. The outcome will be acknowledgement of women’s significant leadership in social and political movements despite barriers to equity and full acceptance.

See also the related publications:

Founders, Firsts and Feminists: Women Leaders in Twentieth-Century Australia

Seizing the Initiative: Australian Women Leaders in Politics, Workplaces and Communities

A ‘Blueprint’ for Union Organising: Multiplying the membership in the Australian Nursing Federation (Victorian Branch) 1989-2012


National Foundation for Australian Women

Australian Research Council

Australian Catholic University:

Professor Shurlee Swain
Faculty of Arts & Sciences

The University of Melbourne:

Professor Patricia Grimshaw
Historical and Philosophical Studies

Associate Professor Judith Smart
Historical and Philosophical Studies

Dr Nikki Henningham
eScholarship Research Centre  

Helen Morgan
eScholarship Research Centre


July 2010