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The National Museum of Australia honours International Women’s Day, which takes place on 8 March every year.
The Defining Moments in Australian History project includes a series of events of critical importance to furthering women’s rights:
1894: Legislation introducing women’s suffrage, South Australia
1902: Commonwealth Franchise Act gives women the vote in federal elections
1912: Australian Government introduces a maternity allowance
1943: First women elected to Australian Parliament
1961: Introduction of the oral contraceptive pill
1972: Conciliation and Arbitration Commission grants equal pay for men and women
1984: Australian Parliament passes Sex Discrimination Act
1921: Edith Cowan elected to parliament