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The Independent Scholars Association of Australia (NSW Chapter) in collaboration with the State Library of NSW will be holding their Annual Seminar on July 21 from 12.15 – 4.30pm which will examine the legacy of the Women’s Legal Status Act (1918).

The aftermath of the First World War ushered in significant social changes for women. In November 1918, despite some resistance from the ‘legislating brotherhood’, the NSW parliament passed the Women’s Legal Status Act, which enabled women to practise as lawyers, become Justices of the Peace and stand for election to local government and the Legislative Assembly.

In this Seminar, prominent women in law, the legislature and local government will explore the contributions women have made to the law profession, to politics and legislation and to local government since the introduction of that Act.

Presenters on the day will include:

  • Dr Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law and Director, Constitutional Reform Unit,
    University of Sydney.
  • Jenny Aitchison MP, Member for Maitland, Acting Shadow Minister for Women.
  • Kate Eastman SC, Senior Fellow, Monash University, barrister New Chambers Sydney.
  • Carolyn Corrigan, Her Worship the Mayor of Mosman.
  • Jilly Gibson, Her Worship the Mayor of North Sydney.

When: Saturday July 21, 12.15pm – 4.30pm
Where:  Metcalfe Auditorium, State Library of NSW, Macquarie Street  Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $15 ISSA members and Friends of State Library, $20 non-members.
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