Revisiting the Revolution
Building on the Legacy of the Women’s Movement and the Whitlam Government
The Whitlam Institute warmly invites you to “Revisiting the Revolution – Building on the Legacy of the Women’s Movement and the Whitlam Government”.
The opening speaker will be The Honourable Tanya Plibersek MP, Member for Sydney, and Shadow Minister for Education and Training. The Forum will include key activist women of the era, Dr Elizabeth Reid AO FASSA FAIIA, The Hon. Elizabeth Evatt AC, The Hon. Susan Ryan AO, Marie Coleman AO, and other women leaders of the time.
The program is designed to generate discussions on the legacy of the Whitlam Government regarding women’s rights, and the lessons that can be drawn from that legacy today. As well as women who were at the vanguard of the women’s movement in Australia, the forum will include current and emerging female leaders.
This gathering aims to enrich the record of the achievements of the Whitlam Government relating to the status of women. For young women leaders of today, the event will highlight the ways in which strategic activism can result in durable and substantial change.
A full-day policy forum on 25th of November 2019. Seminars will be held from 9am until 5pm, with networking drinks from 5pm to 6pm.
Old Parliament House Canberra, 18 King George Terrace, Parkes ACT 2600
The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Member for Sydney, and Shadow Minister for Education and Training.
Before entering parliament, Tanya worked in the Domestic Violence Unit at the NSW Ministry for the Status and Advancement of Women. Elected to Federal Parliament as the Member for Sydney in 1998, she spoke of her conviction that ordinary people working together can achieve positive change. Read more
Dr Elizabeth Reid AO FASSA FAIIA
Australian development practitioner, feminist and academic.
Elizabeth founded, established and worked with a number of pioneering and specialised United Nations institutions, government agencies and non-governmental organisations. Reid was appointed the world's first adviser on women's welfare to a head of government by the Australian Labor Government of Gough Whitlam in 1973. Read more
The Hon. Elizabeth Evatt AC
Former Judge, member and chair of numerous human rights committees.
Elizabeth was Chief Judge of the Family Court of Australia, 1976 to 1988, and President of the Australian Law Reform Commission, 1988 to 1993. Currently Elizabeth is a member of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the NSW Corrective Services Commission, and a board member of Sisterhood is Global. Read more
The Hon. Susan Ryan AO
First woman to hold a cabinet position in a federal Labor Government.
In the Hawke Government she served as Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Status of Women and Special Minister of State. She pioneered extensive anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmark Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986. Susan is also a Distinguished Fellow of the Whitlam Institute. Read more
Marie Coleman AO
First woman to head an Australian government agency.
Marie Coleman was appointed in 1973 to Chair the Social Welfare Commission. She retired in 1993 from the Public Service, later working in indigenous development in Cape York, as a statutory officer for the ACT, and in a voluntary capacity for the National Foundation for Australian Women. She has been awarded the AO, PSM and Duniv. Read more
Director of the Whitlam Institute
Leanne Smith is an international human rights lawyer by training, with a Masters in Public Policy. Leanne has worked in the Australian judicial system, for the Australian Human Rights Commission, in the international NGO sector, regional human rights organisations, as an Australian diplomat (DFAT) and in various roles for the United Nations in New York and in the field, most recently as Chief of Policy and Best Practices for UN Peacekeeping Operations. Read more