On this day …….. 15th May 1900

Australia was one of the world’s leading countries in regard to women’s rights. Women in South Australia gained the right to vote in 1894, and voted for the first time in the election of 1896, becoming just the fourth place in the world where women gained the vote. Four years later, Western Australia became the second colony in Australia to grant women the right to vote. The Western Australian parliament passed the Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899, which included a bill for women’s suffrage on the 15th of December 1899, but the bill required Royal Assent from Queen Victoria. On the 15th of May 1900, assent was received through an Order-in-Council, and Western Australian women won the right to vote in state elections.