Australian Women Lawyers As Active Citizens is the newest exhibition to be supported by the Australian Women’s Archives Project. It was launched at the National Library of Australia on November 16, 2016 with the help of over 100 guests, many of them women, or the relatives of women, who were featured in the exhibition. The launch was generously supported by Clayton Utz.
The exhibition showcases the experiences of women featured in the Australian Research Council funded project Trailblazing Women and the Law and documents their impact on others and in broader society. The project was led by Professor Kim Rubenstein of the Australian National University, together with Associate Professor Gavan McCarthy and Helen Morgan from the University of Melbourne; in a partnership with the Australian Women Lawyers, the Family Court of Australia, the Federal Court of Australia, the National Foundation for Australian Women and the National Library of Australia.
Five hundred women are featured in the online exhibition, including forty five who were interviewed for the project and whose interview material will be curated as part of the National Library of Australia’s Oral History and Folklore collection.
The Australian Women’s Archives Project is proud to be associated with this important project documenting the many important ways that women lawyers have ‘stood at the forefront of women’s participation in Australian civic life.’