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Records of the Women's Electoral Lobby, 1952-2010 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1757433
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Women's Electoral Lobby (Australia)
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Access Conditions Part available for research (MS 3683; MS Acc99.169 (part); MS Acc10.116 (part); MS Acc13.080); part not available for research until 2030 (MS Acc99.169 (part of Box 6); MS Acc10.116 (part of Box 21)). Not for loan. 
Description [1952-2010] 
24.48 m. (158 boxes) + 1 archives box + 1 large folio box. 

The records of MS 3683 comprise correspondence, 1972-1988; financial records, 1978-1989; Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL) national conference records, 1973-1982; records relating to WEL involvement in other conferences such as the National Women's Tax Summit, National Agenda for Women Conference and the United Nations Decade for Women; records relating to WEL activities such as lobbying federal parliamentarians, the production of the WEL national bulletin, submissions and press releases; and, subject files on a wide range of WEL interests including childcare, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, the Family Law Act, maternity leave, wages and the Sex Discrimination Act. The collection also includes a small quantity of records of the Women's Electoral Lobby (ACT) and the Women's Centre Inc. (63 boxes).

The Acc99.169 instalment comprises further records of the Women's Electoral Lobby (37 boxes).

The Acc10.116 instalment comprises records that are categorised as follows: WEL in the media; WEL Australia (National) archive; WEL submissions; WEL ACT (Australian Capital Territory); and Women's Liberation. WEL in the media comprises news cuttings. A substantial portion of the WEL Australia records consists of research and working papers on women's issues and legislation relating to women, such as affirmative action, casual and part-time workers, childbirth, contraception, abortion, divorce, domestic violence, feminism, health, human rights, parental leave, pregnancy, reproductive rights, sexism, sex discrimination, single mothers and tax reform.

WEL Australia records also include: papers relating to conferences and other events conducted by WEL; correspondence; posters; election material; WEL National Management Committee minutes and correspondence; newsletters; photographs; policy documents; funding papers; WEL history papers; and records reflecting relations between WEL Australia, various women's organisations and WEL state and territory branches. WEL submissions, to which there is an extensive index, document the organisation's lobbying activities at both national and state level. The small component titled Women's Liberation contains newsletters (58 boxes, 1 fol. box).

The Acc13.080 instalment comprises of newsletters; members lists; National Committee minutes; lobbying guides; submissions; documents on indigious education funding; media releases; letters and press clippings relating to the Young Women's Electoral Lobby in various states; Annual General Meetings documentation; correspondence; leaflets and publications relating to the Women's Electoral Lobby; and papers relating the the Circle of Matriarchs. This addition also includes Abstracts from the Third National Women's Health Conference 1995; papers relating to the 4th UN Conference on Women, NGO Forum, Beijing 1995; a signed WEL Guest Book 1991; bulletins of the Coalition of Australian Participating Organisations of Women (CAPOW), and WEL affairs and media releases (1 folder).


The Women's Electoral Lobby (WEL) is a woman's political lobby group established in 1972. WEL aims to bring about legislative changes and influence public opinion on matters that affect women.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 3683, MS Acc99.169, MS Acc10.116, MS Acc13.080.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available online. 
Subjects Women's Electoral Lobby (Australia) -- Archives.  |  Women's Electoral Lobby (A.C.T.) -- Archives.  |  Women's Centre (Canberra, A.C.T.) -- Archives.  |  Pressure groups -- Australia -- Archives.  |  Women -- Australia -- Societies and clubs -- Archives.  |  Women -- Political activity -- Australia.  |  Women -- Taxation -- Australia.  |  Women's rights -- Australia.
Time Coverage 1952-2010 
Occupation Women's rights activists.
Other authors/contributors Women's Electoral Lobby (A.C.T.)  |  Women's Centre (Canberra, A.C.T.)
Terms of Use Copying of the Women's Electoral Lobby's copyright material is permitted for research purposes. 


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