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125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage
December 2019 marks the 125th anniversary of landmark legislation that enabled women in South Australia – for the first time anywhere in Australia – to vote in general elections, and to stand as members of Parliament.
This incredible achievement was the end result of years of campaigning, letter writing, signature gathering and lobbying by men and women in the South Australian community that put their passion into action.
Gaining the vote was a huge step towards gender equality in South Australia, and meant that women could participate in public life by having their say at general elections.
Join us in commemorating this momentous occasion!
How to get involved
The theme for the 125th anniversary is Their triumph, our motivation. It recognises how the extraordinary efforts of the suffragists in the late 19th and early 20th century drive our continued efforts in working towards gender equality.
This theme and accompanying graphic is inspired by the design created by Jayne Arnott, the winner of our competition.
You can use the 125 graphic, theme and #SAsuffrage125 on your communications materials to show your involvement in the celebrations. Email SAsuffrage125@sa.gov.au for a digital copy of the logo!
The official colours of the 125th anniversary commemoration campaign are gold and purple.
Golden yellow symbolising enlightenment, illumination and intellect, is historically associated with the suffragist movement in South Australia. Its origin is not known, but a gold ribbon tied up the great petition urging Parliament to give women the vote.
Purple symbolises reverence and dignity, and was associated with the British suffragette struggle of the early 20th century.
Our toolkit has a variety of tools to help you promote, show your support and get involved with commemorating 125 years of women's suffrage in South Australia. You can:
- create social media posts using the included graphics
- print and distribute the fact sheet and poster
- add an email graphic to your signature block
- and more!
Download the toolkit here: 125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage Communications Toolkit (PDF 4.3 MB)
Congratulations to the 28 organisations who received grants to commemorate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in South Australia. Grants were awarded to applications who were organising initiatives that would engage with women who live in rural and regional areas, are culturally and linguistically diverse, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, older, younger, identify as LGBTIQ or are living with disability.
View Minister Lensink's Media Release here.
Calendar of events
We would love to hear from you about how you plan to celebrate the anniversary – drop us a line at SAsuffrage125@sa.gov.au or get in touch via our Facebook or Twitter accounts.
You might hold a fundraiser for a local women’s organisation, or create a piece of artwork about the anniversary, or maybe you’ll write a song or bake a cake!
Just make sure you send us a picture, email or even give us a call to tell us how you will be celebrating this huge moment in South Australia’s progress!
We are so excited to collaborate with you on commemorating the incredible anniversary of the campaign for women's votes in South Australia and would love to have your input!
The Office for Women has set up a Pinterest board with a whole range of interesting pins relating to South Australian women's suffrage. Have we missed anything?
Below are links to some pages we have put together that provide some background and detail about how the vote was achieved for SA women, and some of the people that were involved
- What is suffrage?
- The South Australian women's suffrage campaign
- Aboriginal women and the vote
- Suffragist/suffragette - what's the difference?
- Life in 1894
- Biographies of South Australian Suffragists
- SA women's suffrage timeline
- Fact sheet provided by the Centre of Democracy
- 125th anniversary events
- 125th anniversary links
When we reflect upon our history and both the imperative and impact of women being able to vote and be heard, we need to acknowledge the injustice, pain and suffering felt by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the past and still today.