WEL celebrated 100 years of the vote for Victorian women at the event “Conversation: Launch“, organised by WEL member artist Fern Smith at the Brunswick Town Hall on April 12, 2008.
This event presented women’s social and political engagement through the insights of artist, composers, League of Women Voters, RMIT University students and Women’s Electoral Lobby. The ‘conversation‘ speaks of communication tools that women have used to evoke awareness of women’s suffrage and persistent struggle for equity in Victoria. The event was welcomed by Councillor Andrea Sharam and opened by The Honourable Christine Campbell MP. The students have interviewed prominent women such as Mary Owen, Beatrice Faust, Elleni Bereded-Samuel, Angela Clarke, Professor Patricia Grimshaw, Associate Professor Jenny Strauss, Professor Marian Quartly, Gracia Baylor AM, Eleanor Sumner, Ursula Dutkiewicz, Ellen Chandler and Patricia Goble, and presented these women with hand-made limited edition books of the interviews.
We thank the Victorian Government for the grant to celebrate the 100 years of suffrage.