The Trailblazing Women and the Law Project (ARC Linkage LP120200367) will create, showcase and analyse the experiences of seven decades of Australia’s pioneer, ‘trailblazing’, women lawyers.

In bringing together the interdisciplinary expertise of the CIs in the fields of gender, oral history, biography, law, citizenship, social networks, cultural informatics, digital publishing and women’s history archiving, this work will fill the well-noted absence of leading women lawyers’ lives from national history and Australian scholarly analysis.

It will enhance the capacities of women lawyers across the country, whose potential societal and economic contributions are presently underutilised in the Australian civic and professional landscape.

Our exhibition Australian Women Lawyers as Active Citizens was launched in November 2016.

Image credits

Images left to right:

  1. Flos Greig
  2. Eve Mahlab being interviewed by Kim Rubenstein (Cooper, Samuel & National Library of Australia (issuing body) (2010). Eve Mahlab during an oral history interview at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, 30 August 2010. http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/181759552)
  3. Joan Rosanove