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Know of any other events? Let us know! Email SASuffrage125@sa.gov.au
Spence Club Gala Dinner Spence Club Inc
4 October 2019
Featuring special guest speaker, historian and reproductive rights expert Associate Professor Catherine Kevin. The starts at 7pm with canapes and bubbles, followed by main, dessert and beverages.
"125 Years toward getting even" Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Region Conference
8 and 9 October 2019
This conference is for women parliamentarians from all parties and aims to unite women who stand to represent their communities. Currently, in Australia, nationally women make up only 37 percent of parliamentary representatives. In 125 years this is an improvement from having no women representative but, in some jurisdictions, falls far short of women’s representation as 50% of society. We are celebrating the gains that have been made and also considering how women can finally achieve parity at 50 percent of seats at the decision making tables in this country.
The event will include a speech competition and networking evening for aspiring young women politicians on Tuesday 8 October held at the South Australian Parliament.
Enquiries to CWP@aph.gov.au
9 October 2019
This panel of strong South Australian women will discuss women’s experience of the relationship between wellbeing and democracy in South Australia – then and now.
Panelists will explore what wellbeing and democratic participation mean to them, how women are and have been perceived in society and the workplace in relation to their mental health, and what lessons we can learn from history. All welcome.This is a free event as part of Mental Health Week 2019.
FREE event but bookings essential
125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage: Celebrating the Spirit of Women Pooraka Farm Community Centre
16 October to 13 November 2019
4 workshops including guest speaker running through October and November. Topics covered include women's standing for election, the importance of voting, knowing how to pick the best candidate and an overview of the suffrage movement.
Followed by a 4 course High Tea on Wednesday the 13th November from 11am-1pm
Guest speakers include: Gillian Aldridge, Mayor for the City of Salisbury; Frances Bedford, MP for Florey, Krista Reynolds, Coordinator for the Australian Military Wives Choir and Tabitha Leans, Bachelor of Education (Hons) Masters Student
FREE event but bookings essential
Hold Fast: A Celebration of Women's Suffrage in South Australia City of Holdfast Bay
18 October 2019
Come celebrate 125 years of Women’s Suffrage in South Australia and the achievements of women from the City of Holdfast Bay down at the Old Gum Tree Reserve.
This interactive event has a focus on the importance of key women in South Australia’s history including suffragist Mary Lee. This event also explores the influence of women in the City of Holdfast Bay from Susan Grace Benny as the first female elected to local government in Australia to the women who impact upon our community today.
Purple and Gold - A Musical Celebration of Women's Suffrage in South Australia Fleurieu Folk Festival
Fleurieu Folk Festival has brought together seven women recognised for their work as musicians, poets and songwriters to develop this special presentation in celebration of Suffrage 125.
Performed by Jane Bower, Melanie Dancer, Bron Lloyd, Adrienne Lovelock, Jen Lush, Adrienne Piggott and Caz Williams, Purple and Gold features new songs and poems written for the event along with extracts from reports, letters and speeches of the time.
More details available at www.fleurieufolkfestival.com.au
Five in Five Women in Media SA
29 October 2019
Tickets $30 or $25 student/concession
|125th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage Luncheon Law Society of SA|
Panel members include Judge Mary-Louise Hribal, Justice Judith Hughes, Marie Shaw QC
Bookings essential (cost involved)
9 November 2019
Community organisation Zonta International invite you to join other SA Zontians in celebrating 100 years of Zonta International at a gala event featuring food and entertainment. The evening will be hosted by the ABC's Jessica Harmsen, with a raffle, prizes and live music.
Tickets must be purchased by Friday 25 October 2019.
13 November 2019
Catherine Helen Spence (1825-1910) was a significant South Australian woman - a noted social and political reformer and writer. Not long after she died in 1910, the SA government established a fund for a scholarship in her honour. Many notable South Australian women have received this scholarship over the last 110 years and have contributed to the betterment of social conditions in this state.
For the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in SA, the Catherine Helen Spence Scholarship Committee and Fay Gale Centre at the University of Adelaide are celebrating her legacy by exploring the lives and work of the scholarship recipients.
FREE event Booking essential
Unley for Equality Exhibition Unley Museum
In 1894, South Australia was the first electorate in Australia to give equal political rights to both women and men, a huge step toward gender equality.
In commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Women's Suffrage in South Australia, this exhibition throws light on the people of Unley who signed the petition in support of the Adult Suffrage Bill, who were they, and why the bill may have been important to them.
Seeking today's suffragists - Pledge of Gratitude City of Mitcham
20 November 2019
A Mayoral Civic Reception will be held on the evening of 20 November 2019 to collate the pledges and honour those residents who have contributed to the cause. The pledge will then be presented to State Parliament in recognition of the 14th Parliament’s monumental contribution to the continuing campaign for gender equity.
Post it Now Open City of Unley
The “Unley Women of Influence, Past and Present” temporary art display on Goodwood Road will recognise and celebrate Unley Women of Influence. Images will be displayed on unique banner poles along Goodwood Road, from November 2019 - January 2020.
Hard won.... but not done YWCA
28 November 2019
Join YWCA in the iconic surrounds of Parliament House for their AGM, followed by a celebration event of 125 years of women’s suffrage in South Australia.
What are the major achievements of women’s political participation over the years? How did young women play a role in the suffrage movement? What are the achievements and aspirations of young women today? How can we make voting and citizenship a more inclusive, diverse space for women, young women and girls? These are the questions we’ll be asking our inter-generational panel of inspiring women trailblazers at this dynamic youth-led event.
Join the YWCA in the iconic surrounds of Parliament House as they celebrate our past and present and envision our future. The event is kindly hosted by The Hon Michelle Lensink MLC, Minister for Human Services, and The Hon Katrine Hildyard MP, Shadow Minister for the Status of Women. The design of this event has been led by YWCA young women in South Australia.
Foregrounding Irish Women: The Antipodes and Beyond 24th Australasian Irish Studies Conference Flinders University
9 to 12 December 2019
The Antipodes, the opposite, figuratively, geographically, metaphorically. The conference is interested in foregrounding the role of Irish women and men of the Antipodes and beyond: newly discovered stories and stories seen in a new light.
Women's Suffrage Cultural Exchange - Shared experience through culture Soroptimist International Torrens
14 December 2019
10am to 4pm, Uniting Church Hall, 17 Smith Street, Walkerville
This event will focus on providing citizenship rights information to migrant women, asylum seekers and refugees who have recently settled in SA. The all day activities will be based around sampling a range of authentic middle eastern foods.
Women from a range of cultural backgrounds are invited to attend and participate in sharing their culture with other groups. Activities will include African dancing, multicultural choir, art and craft demonstrations, storytelling and henna painting.
The event will include many women politicians, who will talk with the guests about accessing their rights, lobbying and advocacy and how Politicians can assist these migrants and refugees to access support.
We will also showcase some of our history in South Australia, with the Muriel Matters Society represented and a historian relating the story of Mary Lee, passing on some of our own cultural beginnings as women in this State. It would be wonderful if you were able to come along to this free event. You are welcome to forward the poster to contacts and networks who may benefit from participating.
Some activities for children will be available.
For more information contact:
Helen Fischer 0413 348 445
Teatotallers Tea Rooms: Scones, Jam and a Dollop of History
Open Mon, Wed, Fri 9.30am – 2.30pm throughout 2019. For large groups please call to make a booking (08) 8354 4442 or 0402 220 014
Location: 255 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Cowandilla SA 5033
Facebook event link: https://www.facebook.com/wctu.southaustralia/posts/2886005764772968
Her Story: Inspiring Women in Science South Australian Museum
16 November 2018 to 15 November 2019
Women have made significant contributions to science throughout history. Her Story: Inspiring Women in Science will celebrate four amazing women who are blazing their own trails and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps. By sharing their stories, these role models inspire the next generation of young women to follow their dreams and careers in science and humanities.
FREE EVENT - No Booking required
The Advertiser has put together a series of pieces celebrating 125 women they call 'ceiling smashers' - women who broke down barriers in a range of fields. Click here to have a look at the 'ceiling smashers' series!
Memories of the Past, Visions of the Future Ayers House Museum
Visit Ayers House Museum and see a small display capturing a moment in the life of one of South Australia’s most well-known suffragists, Mary Lee. Featured in the display are garments and accessories from the National Trust collection representative of this momentous time in the state’s history.
This display is part of the regular museum admission:
Adult: $10; Concession: $8; National Trust members: FREE; Children (5-15): $5, Under 5 FREE; Family: $20
Open Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4pm