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Exhibition Launched: ‘Stirrers With Style’: Presidents of the National Council of Women of Australia and its Predecessors

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Date: 13 December 2013

The National Council of Women of Australia and its associated state organisations have been advising government on issues of concern to women since 1896. The national presidents have all been inspiring people, advocating on behalf of Australian women in a range of areas as diverse as equal pay, divorce reform, saving the Barrier Reef and reforming the treatment of females and families in the defence forces.

A new exhibition, ‘Stirrers With Style’: Presidents of the National Council of Women of Australia and its Predecessors,  showcases the lives and achievements of the women who were presidents of the National Council of Women of Australia between 1931 and 2006. These women have been little recognised in the pages of Australian history. But they and their organisation spoke on behalf of many thousands of Australian women, and governments responded—sometimes after decades of polite agitation. These determined defenders of women’s rights represented the mainstream of women’s opinion across the last century, and did so with grace and style.

Go to and read more about these dedicated, hard working women.

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