27 Aug 1902 - Women's Franchise Act (voting)

#OnThisDay 27 August 1902 the Women's Franchise Act gave women the right to vote in state elections in NSW.

Sir Henry Parkes had introduced electoral reform bills in 1890 and 1891 which included provisions for women to vote but both bills were defeated. The Women's Franchise Act passed on the third attempt and followed similar success on the Federal stage when Australia became the second nation in the world to give women the right to vote.

Women could not stand for election for the Legislative Council until 1925 and the first female Member of Parliament was Millicent Preston-Stanley.


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