Browse Items for Download

  • Click to view this image
  • Click to view this pdf


Australian Women’s Conference
Australian woman’s charter, 1943, which comprises the resolutions adopted by the Australian Women’s Conference for victory in war and victory in peace
Australian Women’s Conference Committee, Sydney, 1943

The Australian Women's Charter was a program of reforms put forward by women for incorporation into government planning of postwar reconstruction. Described as ‘the feminist agenda for postwar reconstruction’ and ‘a landmark feminist manifesto’, the charter documented a wide range of issues and objectives that were discussed at the Australian Women’s Conference For Victory in War and Victory in Peace, held in Sydney in November 1943. It ranged over a series of issues – women’s right to paid work, the necessity for adequate child care, the particular needs of rural and Aboriginal women amongst them - and reflected the conference participants’ agenda for women in the post war world, an agenda that was influenced heavily by women’s wartime experiences. A series of publications, programs and follow-up Charter conferences were organized to plan and campaign for the implementation of its aims.

See Australian Women's Archive Project.