I acknowledge a reception I attended last night at the Sydney Town Hall to recognise 45 years of Women's Electoral Lobby [WEL] action.
"Making Women Count" was hosted by Councillor Jess Scully. To the delight of those in attendance, Susan Ryan, AO, and Wendy McCarthy, AO, were in conversation.
From those early days in 1972 until the present, the Women's Electoral Lobby has recognised the exhilarating power of women coming together. We have used this passion, solidarity and energy to harness the tools of democratic politics. Together, we have forced governments to take actions that have changed women's lives.
The Women's Electoral Lobby most definitely is a force to be reckoned with.
It is important that I recognise in this place the late Helen Leonard and Joan Bielski, Cate Turner, Anna Logan, Eva Cox, Meredith Burgmann and Dr Anne Summers as well as young, new WEL activists, such as Kaitlyn Birkett.