Women in Politics
2010 has been designated the Year of Women in Local Government. Although women represent just over 50 per cent of the population they are underrepresented at the local government level. Only 27.3 per cent of councils are women - a figure that has remained largely unchanged for the past 20 years. ALGA has produced a booklet to encourage greater participation of women in political life in all levels of government. The publication tells the stories of outstanding women, to inspire other women to follow in their footsteps. The Governor-General, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, AC, has lent her support by contributing the Foreword to the book. The book also includes a historical overview of women in politics, a review of what is happening across Australia at local government level and profiles of women such as Premier Kristina Keneally, the Hon Tanya Plibersek, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Councillor Rose Jackson and Indigenous Councillor Joyce Crombie.