Women in Agriculture and Business state conference to celebrate women's suffrage

The Women's Suffrage Movement will be the focus of the Women in Agriculture and Business of South Australia (WAB) annual state conference in the Adelaide Hills next month.

The conference will focus on the 125th anniversary of the Adult Suffrage Bill, which passed the South Australian Parliament in 1894, granting women the right to vote and stand for parliament.

South Australia was the first Australian state to pass such legislation.

The primary lobbyists, known as suffragettes or suffragists, were Catherine Helen Spence and Mary Lee.

SUFFRAGISTS: Mary Lee and Catherine Helen Spence.

SUFFRAGISTS: Mary Lee and Catherine Helen Spence.

Catherine Helen Spence also pioneered the Children's Court and was the first female political candidate in South Australia. She once featured on Australian five dollar notes.

Mary Lee championed the needs of working women and fought against child labour and increasing the age of consent.

With the theme 'Their Triumph, Our Motivation', the conference speakers will be the first woman leader of a major SA political party Isobel Redmond, the first female Lord Mayor of Adelaide Wendy Chapman, Peramangk Elder Mandy Brown and member for Mayo Rebekka Sharkie.

The conference is a public meeting open to all.

For more information and registration, which is due by July 15, visit the WAB web and Facebook pages or phone 0408 842 963.

The conference, supported by a grant from the Office for Women, will be held at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre on August 19.

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