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Defining Moments in Australian History

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Women's achievements

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: Women's suffrage

Women’s suffrage

1894: Legislation introducing women’s suffrage, South Australia

1902: Franchise Act

Franchise Act

1902: Commonwealth Franchise Act gives women the vote in federal elections

1912: Maternity leave introduced

Maternity leave

1912: Australian Government introduces a maternity allowance

1943: First women in Parliament

First women in Parliament

1943: First women elected to Australian Parliament

1961: The Pill

The Pill

1961: Introduction of the oral contraceptive pill

1972: Equal pay for women

Equal pay

1972: Conciliation and Arbitration Commission grants equal pay for men and women

1984: Sex Discrimination Act

Sex Discrimination Act

1984: Australian Parliament passes Sex Discrimination Act

1921: Edith Cowan elected to parliament

Edith Cowan

1921: Edith Cowan elected to parliament

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