Women in parliament and politics: a quick guide to key internet links

Updated 15 March 2016

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Hannah Gobbett and Dr Joy McCann
Politics and Public Administration Section


This Quick Guide provides direct links to key websites, information and documents relating to:

Women in the  Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

Women in the State and Territory Parliaments

Women in politics

Overseas parliaments

Other resources on women in parliament and politics

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Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia

Composition of Australian Parliaments by Party and Gender: statistics maintained by the Parliamentary Library

Women in the current Parliament: data maintained by the Parliamentary Library

Women in the Senate: Senate Brief No 3, December 2015

Women in Federal Parliament: Department of the Senate

Electoral milestones for women: Australian Electoral Commission

Women and government in Australia: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Gender Indicators - Parliamentarians: Australian Bureau of Statistics, February 2016.

State and territory Parliaments

Australian Capital Territory

How many members of the Eighth Legislative Assembly are female?

Women of the Assembly, 1989-present

New South Wales

Women Members in the NSW Parliament: current statistics

Women in Parliament

Women Members of the NSW Parliament, 1925-present

Number of Women Members in the NSW Parliament, 1973-2015

Women in Parliament– History


Current Members: select ‘Female’ under ‘view options’

Women in the Queensland Parliament, 1860 ̶ present

Women’s right to vote in Queensland

South Australia

Women in politics in South Australia

Political and social rights for women

Women and politics in South Australia: In Parliament

Chronology of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia


Women Members of the Tasmanian Parliament: current and historical lists

Tasmanian Women State Government Ministers: current and historical lists

Female franchise and firsts—Tasmania

Political timeline—Tasmanian women


Women in Parliament

Current Members: select ‘Sex F-M’ under ‘order by’

Former Members: select ‘Female’ under ‘Gender’

Western Australia

Women Members of the Western Australian Parliament

Women in Parliament: Fact sheet 8, May 2013

Women in politics

Australian Women’s Timeline

Australian women in politics: Australian Government series

Political parties

Australian Greens: Women

Australian Labor Party: National Platform (see Part B: Rules, p. 239) | Emily's List Australia

Liberal Party of Australia: Liberal women

The Nationals: The Nationals Women

Overseas parliaments


Women in Parliament

Women in the Senate: current list

Women by party in the Senate: current list

Women in the House of Commons: current and historical lists

Women by party in the House of Commons: current list

Women members of the ministry: current and historical lists

Current provincial and territory party standings

Women candidates in general elections, 1921 to date

Women's right to vote in Canada

Women—federal political representation, 1867 to date

New Zealand

New Zealand women and the vote: suffrage and beyond

Current Members: select ‘Gender’ and ‘Female’ under ‘Display MPs by’

United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

Women in Parliament and Government

General Election 2015: Women Candidates, see p. 58

Members of the House of Lords: Select ‘Gender’ and ‘Female’ under ‘Lords by’

Female Members of the House of Commons: current list

Women in the House of Commons

Women in the House of Lords

Parliament and women

United States of America

Membership of the 113th Congress: a profile

Mapping Congress: select ‘Women in Congress’ under ‘Choose type of data to display’

Women in the Senate

Women in Congress

Women in the United States Congress, 1917 ̶ 2013: biographical and committee assignment information, and listings by state and congress

Other resources


Australian Government Office for Women: part of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet; aims to ensure a whole-of-government approach to providing better economic and social outcomes for women

Inter-Parliamentary Union: For information on Australian female Parliamentarians by Chamber, select ‘Australia’ and ‘Women’, then ‘Search’

Women in local government: the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) promotes the work of women in local government | Women in politics: published by ALGA to support the 2010 Year of Women in Local Government

Australian Women's Register: search for information about Australian women and their organisations, including references to archival resources

Women's Constitutional Conventions: 1998 and 2002: compiled by Women for An Australian Republic

Around the world

UN Women: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

Women in national parliaments: the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) maintains statistics for global regions and national parliaments | Women in politics bibliographic database: search for books and articles dealing with women in politics

Democracy and gender: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) promotes gender equality in democracy building| quotaProject: search a global database of countries with electoral quotas for women

International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics): a network of women in politics sharing experiences, resources and advice, and collaborating on issues of interest

Gender Equality: a cornerstone of development: the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment

Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership: information compiled about women leaders worldwide

International conventions and agreements

The Convention on the Political Rights of Women adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1952; ratified by Australia in 1974

The Convention of the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979; ratified by Australia in 1983

–      Optional Protocol to the CEDAW adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2000

Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action adopted by the UN in 1995 includes a specific objective relating to ‘Women in power and decision-making’

Beijing + 5, a special session of the General Assembly entitled ‘Women: 2000: Gender Equality, Development and Peace for the Twenty-First Century’ in 2000

Plan of Action for Gender-Sensitive Parliaments adopted by the IPU Assembly in October 2012

Promote gender equality and empower women: Goal 3 of the UN Millennium Development Goals adopted in 2010


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