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Independent Scholars Association of Australia (NSW Chapter) In collaboration with the State Library of NSW

Annual Seminar

In the Aftermath of the First World War – Women’sLegal Status Act 1918

Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW

Macquarie Street Sydney

21 July 2018 – 12.45-4.30pm

The aftermath of the First World War ushered in significant social changes for women. In November 1918, despite some resistance from the ‘legislating brotherhood’, the NSW parliament passed the Women’s Legal Status Act, which enabled women to practise as lawyers, become Justices of the Peace and stand for election to local government and the Legislative Assembly. In this Seminar, prominent women in law, the legislature and local government will explore the contributions women have made to the law profession, to politics and legislation and to local government since the introduction of that Act.

Dr Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit, University of Sydney. 

Jenny Aitchison MP, Member for Maitland, Acting Shadow Minister for Women. 

Kate Eastman SC, Senior Fellow, Monash University, barrister New Chambers Sydney.

Carolyn Corrigan,Her Worship the Mayor of Mosman. 

Jilly Gibson,Her Worship the Mayor of North Sydney.

ISAA  Members & Friends of State Library $15 General Public $20

Bookings essential: isaansw@gmail.com

Pay on the day or by EFT

Commonwealth Bank

BSB 062 000

ACC # 1078 3156

No refunds after 18 July 2018

Enquiries: Chair, Seminar Committee Dr Wendy Michaels wendy.michaels@newcastle.edu.au