ALGWA National Conference marks centenary of women in local government

The Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) National Conference has this week convened in Blacktown, western Sydney, to celebrate the achievements of women in local government and renew their efforts toward achieving equal representation.

ALGWA National President, Cr Carol Ross, told delegates that Tasmania’s local governments had reached 39% female representation, while NSW, the most populous state, was only 29.5% representation.

NSW ALGWA President, Cr Cassandra Coleman, said she’s working toward 50% representation.

Delegates also heard presentations about women’s representation over the past 100 years, the history of sex discrimination, and the ongoing challenge of achieving equality at work.

It’s 100 years since Susan Grace Benny was elected to Brighton Council in South Australia, becoming the first woman elected to any tier of Government in Australia, in December 1919.