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Centenary of women’s suffrage grants

MINISTER for Women’s Interests Rhonda Parker has recently announced 21 projects to receive funding through round three of the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage grants program.

The program will commemorate 100 years of women having the vote in WA. Mrs Parker said such projects help raise the awareness of suffrage and what it means to women today.

“The committee assessing the grants received 92 applications – a 25 per cent increase on the previous round – which shows a widespread recognition that the Centenary of Suffrage is a significant event worthy of celebration,” she said.

“The right to vote has been fundamental in advancing the status of women in the state.

The grants total $100,000 and include 11 projects in regional WA. Successful projects include:

• A documentary on the effects of indigenous women receiving the vote in WA 32 years ago

• A television documentary on four generations of women

• An exhibition on the theme Women’s Icons at the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery

• An art exhibition highlighting female Western Australian artists from diverse cultural backgrounds

• The establishment of an annual May Holman essay competition for residents of Bassendean and

• A tapestry for King Edward Memorial Hospital highlighting the role of women’s suffrage in improving women’s health services

Mrs Parker said other suffrage year events included initiatives by more than thirty-six State Government agencies to benefit women, the refurbishment of the Women’s Pioneer Memorial in Kings Park, a roll of honour recognising women who have contributed to the development of WA and an exhibition at the Constitution Centre in Parliament Place.

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