WA’s top female politicians talk female firsts

Just three days out from the State Election three of WA’s most

successful politicians will discuss WA female firsts as part of ECU’s

International Women’s Day celebrations.

They’ll join ECU Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Chapman to discuss

their experiences as successful leaders and how times have changed since the

University’s namesake made history as Australia’s first female MP.

The panel includes:

  • The Hon. Professor Carmen

    Lawrence, Australia’s first female Premier.
  • The Hon. Dr Elizabeth Constable,

    WA’s first female independent MP and the first woman to serve over 20 years in

    the Western Australian Parliament.
  • Dr Anne Aly MP, Australia’s first

    woman of Arab background and first Egyptian-born Federal MP and ECU graduate.

As the only Australian University named after a woman, ECU celebrates

International Women’s Day each year with the Edith Cowan Memorial Lecture.

ECU’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Cobie Rudd, will pose

provocative questions to the panel, looking back at women in politics over the

past 100 years in the political sphere and what needs to happen to get a gender


Past speakers have included

  • Diane Smith-Gander
  • Her Excellency The Honourable

    Kerry Sanderson AO

The official 2017 International Women’s Day campaign theme is


Event details

Where: Building 17 Lecture Theatre, ECU Mount Lawley Campus

When: Midday – 2pm, Wednesday 8 March.