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Tanya Joan Plibersek (1969- ): Australian politician, Member of Parliament for Sydney since 1998, and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of the Labor Party since 2013. She previously served as Minister for Health, Minister for Human Services and Minister for Housing.

Tanya Joan Plibersek (1969- ): Australian politician, Member of Parliament for Sydney since 1998, and the Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Deputy Leader of the Labor Party since 2013. She previously served as Minister for Health, Minister for Human Services and Minister for Housing.

1986 - Senator Janine Haines becomes the first woman leader of a political party, the Australian Democrats. Picture - Bryan Charlton

1986 - Senator Janine Haines becomes the first woman leader of a political party, the Australian Democrats. Picture - Bryan Charlton

1943 - The first women elected to the federal parliament is Dame Enid Lyons. She becomes a member of the House of Representatives for the United Australia Party.

1943 - The first women elected to the federal parliament is Dame Enid Lyons. She becomes a member of the House of Representatives for the United Australia Party.

indigenous Australian politician Marion Scrymgour, the first indigenous woman to be elected to the Northern Territory Parliament, director of the Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation, Director of the Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation, Labor Party Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, and the highest-ranked indigenous person in government in Australia's history

indigenous Australian politician Marion Scrymgour, the first indigenous woman to be elected to the Northern Territory Parliament, director of the Wurli Wurlinjang Aboriginal Corporation, Director of the Katherine West Health Board Aboriginal Corporation, Labor Party Deputy Chief Minister of the Northern Territory, and the highest-ranked indigenous person in government in Australia's history

Jocelyn Howarth and Nancy Bird, ca. 1930-33 Nancy Bird Walton was born in Sydney in 1915. In 1933, at the age of 17, she became the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot's license. One year later she obtained her commercial license. In 1937-38 she operated a charter service in Queensland followed by a 2 year world tour studying civil aviation. In 1950 she founded the Australian Women's Pilots' Association.

Jocelyn Howarth and Nancy Bird, ca. 1930-33 Nancy Bird Walton was born in Sydney in 1915. In 1933, at the age of 17, she became the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot's license. One year later she obtained her commercial license. In 1937-38 she operated a charter service in Queensland followed by a 2 year world tour studying civil aviation. In 1950 she founded the Australian Women's Pilots' Association.

Dr. Frances Dick, 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW, Sydney, c.1892. photograph by J. Hubert Newman. Dr Frances Dick graduated from London School of Medicine for Women & the University of Ireland. Her qualifications included: LSA (Lond) 1891 & MB Bac Surg, Royal University of Ireland 1891. She was the 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW preceding Dr M A Corliss by a few months. She was registered on 13 January, 1892. State Lib of NSW

Dr. Frances Dick, 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW, Sydney, c.1892. photograph by J. Hubert Newman. Dr Frances Dick graduated from London School of Medicine for Women & the University of Ireland. Her qualifications included: LSA (Lond) 1891 & MB Bac Surg, Royal University of Ireland 1891. She was the 1st woman to practise medicine in NSW preceding Dr M A Corliss by a few months. She was registered on 13 January, 1892. State Lib of NSW

Shidzue Katō (加藤 シヅエ Katō Shizue), March 2, 1897 – December 22, 2001) was a 20th Century Japanese feminist and one of the first women elected to the Diet of Japan. Katō was best known as a pioneer in the birth control movement and a strong supporter of labour reform.

Shidzue Katō (加藤 シヅエ Katō Shizue), March 2, 1897 – December 22, 2001) was a 20th Century Japanese feminist and one of the first women elected to the Diet of Japan. Katō was best known as a pioneer in the birth control movement and a strong supporter of labour reform.

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927):  first woman to run for President of the United States. Her running mate was Frederick Douglass, the first African-American to run for Vice President.

Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927): first woman to run for President of the United States. Her running mate was Frederick Douglass, the first African-American to run for Vice President.

Qiu Jin: the “Chinese Joan of Arc,” (秋瑾) (1875-1907), a radical women’s rights activist, who became the leader of a revolutionary army.

Qiu Jin: the “Chinese Joan of Arc,” (秋瑾) (1875-1907), a radical women’s rights activist, who became the leader of a revolutionary army.

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