Australian Women Lawyers as Active Citizens documents how women with law degrees have used the skills and experiences from their individual broader life experience, together with their law degree and various forms of practice, to have an impact on others in society; as a form of active citizenship in the civic sphere more broadly.
The term 'citizenship' has multiple meanings. It can be used in a legal sense, a political sense, in talking about rights and as a way of marking one's identity.
Read more about the background to the exhibition, including how these women were identified and nominated, on the About page.
This exhibition evolved from a set of Oral Histories that were conducted on trailblazing women lawyers. Those oral histories prompted us to ask other women to write and reflect on their own experiences in an essay-like framework and those women who responded to that invitation are identified through the Auto/Biography page .
This exhibition proudly sits among the many exhibitions prepared as part of the Australian Women's Archives Project.