Exhibitions on Display

The public areas of Parliament House feature a number of permanent exhibitions on Australia’s parliamentary representatives and the work of the federal Parliament. Open daily, 9.00am to 5.00 pm.

Women in Federal Parliament

Women in Federal Parliament

I am well aware that, as I acquit myself in the work that I have undertaken for the next three years, so shall I either prejudice or enhance the prospects of those women who may wish to follow me in public service in the years to come.

So spoke Dame Edith Lyons, first female member of the House of Representatives, in her first speech to the House in 1943. And follow her they did. This photographic display, with images chosen in many cases by the members and senators themselves, celebrates all women who have served in the federal Parliament.

The online exhibition includes additional photos and information about the women who have served in the federal Parliament between 1943 and 2019.