I received a blog that talked about Women in the United States Senate and thought I would look at Women in the Australian Parliament and do a comparison.
Australia became a Federation in 1901. Women were allowed to vote and stand in the federal election in 1903, after the Commonwealth Franchise Act was passed in 1902. Whereas, in America, women were allowed to vote from 1920.
Australia was the first country to allow women to stand in elections, although women weren’t successful until 1943 (Edith Lyons and Dorothy Tangney), at the federal level. Jeanette Rankin of Montana, elected in 1917, was the first woman member of the United States House of Representatives. Hattie Caraway of Arkansas first appointed in 1932 was, in 1933, the first woman elected to the United States Senate.
What does all this mean? Nothing much, just an interesting exercise!