HERSTORY: Celebrating 25 years of EMILY’s List Australia
8 April – 2 July 2022
In 2020 EMILY’s List Australia and Her Place committed to collaborating on an exhibition that acknowledged and celebrated ELA’s twenty-five-year anniversary in 2021. Through the two organisation’s collective efforts, funding for the project was raised through the generous contributions of ELA members, Her Place supporters, and those who support gender equality.
Her Story: Celebrating 25 years of EMILY’s List Australia was a timely and important exhibition that illustrated how nearly 300 women have been supported to be elected leaders in Australian parliaments over the last 25 years and the difference they have has made.
Following a confronting year of truths and the federal election, the role of women at the decision-making table had never been more important. Featuring the Hon Linda Burney MP, Sharon Claydon MP, Helen Creed, Hon Cheryl Davenport AM, Hon Julia Gillard AC, Hutch Hussein, Tanja Kovac, Leonie Morgan AM and the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, HERSTORY told the story of a ‘for women by women’ network that provides political, financial, and personal support to progressive Labor women candidates and politicians in Australia. Exploring themes of leadership, overcoming resistance, having more women at the decision-making table and what equal representation means for our parliaments and nation, coupled with ELA’s most successful campaigns, Abortion Law Reform, HERSTORY was able to educate the wider public of the significant contribution women have made to the Australian political and cultural landscape.
The HerStory: Celebrating 25 years of EMILY’s List Australia was also part of: Australian Heritage Festival 18 April to 2 May and Open House Digital Program 23 July – 27 July 2022.
Tanja Kovac: National Co-ordinator 2009 – 11 and National Co-Convenor 2013 – 20 of EMILY’s List Australia. Leonie Morgan AM: Foundation Member and National Mentoring Co-ordinator of EMILY’s List Australia. Helen Creed: Inaugural National Co-Convenor of EMILY’s List Australia 1996 – 2000. Hutch Hussein: National Co-Convenor of 2006 – 12. Sharon Claydon MP National Co-Convenor of EMILY’s List Australia 2017 – present and Federal Member for Newcastle.
Hon Julia Gillard AC
Foundation Member of Emily’s List Australia and the 27th Prime Minister of Australia
Hon Tanya Plibersek MP
Member of Emily’s List Australia, Federal Member for Sydney, Shadow Minister for Women and Shadow Minister for Education
Hon Linda Burney MP
Member of Emily’s List Australia, Federal Member for Barton, Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians
Sharon Claydon MP: National Co-Convenor of EMILY’s List Australia 2017 – present and Federal Member for Newcastle. Julia Gillard: Foundation member of Emily’s List and the 27th Prime Minster of Australia. Tanja Kovac: National Co-ordinator 2009 – 11 and National Co-Convenor 2013 – 20 of EMILY’s List Australia. Hutch Hussein: National Co-Convenor of 2006 – 12. Leonie Morgan AM: Foundation Member and National Mentoring Co-ordinator of EMILY’s List Australia.
Hon Cheryl Davenport AM
Foundation Member and National Co-Convenor of Emily’s List Australia, 2000-04, and Former Member of the Legislative Council, Western Australia
As part of the Her Story: Celebrating 25 years of EMILY’s List Australia exhibition, EMILY’s List Australia and Her Place delivered two enlightening and educational public programs.
Why Affirmative Action?
June 22, 2022
This forum brought together an expert panel to learn about the journey to establish affirmative action, why it’s critical to achieving gender equality, and the difference between targets, quotas, and merit.
Moderated by ELA CEO, Pamela Anderson with Tanja Kovac, CEO Gender Equity Victoria and former Executive Officer and National Convenor of EMILY’s List Australia, Candy Broad, Former Member of the Victorian Legislative Council, and Jenny Beacham, a former Labor state secretary and pioneer of ELA.
How to get elected
June 18, 2022
This forum explored what makes a good leader and the importance of women’s voices at all decision-making tables. Moderated by ELA CEO, Pamela Anderson with ELA Founder Leonie Morgan AM, Hutch Hussein, a former ELA National Co-Convenor, and Claire Moore, a former Senator Australian for the Australian Labor Party.