Women in politics



Global gender gap report 2021

Another generation of women will have to wait for gender parity, according to this report. As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt, closing the global gender gap has increased by a generation from 99.5 years to 135.6 years.
Briefing paper

Widows and wives in Pacific politics: a reliable pathway for women?

Understanding women’s pathways to political leadership remains a critical area of academic and public policy focus in the Pacific.

Global gender gap report 2020

Gender parity has a fundamental bearing on whether or not economies and societies thrive. None of us will see gender parity in our lifetimes, and nor likely will many of our children. That’s the sobering finding of this year's edition of the Global Gender Gap...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Scott Morrison says his Cabinet maintains a record representation of women. Is he correct?

With a number of new faces promoted after the Coalition's election victory, the Prime Minister claims that the number of women in Cabinet remains at a record high.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Does Labor have twice the number of women the Liberals have in Parliament and on the frontbench?

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek claims that Labor is well ahead of the Liberal Party when it comes to female representation, with more than double the number of women in its parliamentary party, and double the number of women on its frontbench.
Briefing paper

Violence against women is a barrier to women’s leadership

This briefing paper examines the factors involved in under-representation of women in political decision-making, worldwide. It sets out actions to mitigate this, using a case study from Papua New Guinea, where the Our Voice program advocated for the reform of electoral laws to increase women's...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: has the Coalition been unable to reach its target of 50 per cent women on government boards?

Following the ousting of prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and allegations that women were bullied during the leadership spill, independent Victorian MP Cathy McGowan has cast doubt on the Coalition's ability to boost the number of women in its ranks, claim
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Fact Check: Does Scott Morrison's first cabinet have additional female representation?

As the dust settles on a messy leadership spill, allegations of bullying of female members of the parliamentary Liberal Party have opened a debate over whether the party has a problem with women's representation. But Josh Frydenberg, the newly elected Dep
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Fact Check: Is the level of Liberal women in Parliament lower now than it was in 1996?

The Liberal Party has again come under fire for the low number of women in its federal parliamentary team, with former Liberal senator Judith Troeth arguing female representation was "disgracefully lagging" and had regressed over the past 22 years.
Fact sheet

Face the facts: gender equality 2018

While progress has been made, Australia still has long way to go to bring about gender equality.

Being the first: women leaders in the Pacific Islands

Recent policy and academic writing on women in the Pacific has focused on the barriers women in the region experience when seeking to participate in formal politics. This paper contributes to the small body of work that seeks to explain how some women defy these...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Are there more women in federal cabinet now than ever before?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull claims there are more women in his current cabinet than in any previous government.

Power to the people? Tackling the gender imbalance in combined authorities and local government

This report argues that political parties and institutions must seize the recent increase in voter turnout among young women to dramatically increase the numbers of women going into local politics in the United Kingdom.

Speech by Defence Minister the Hon. Marise Payne to ANU: Women and National Security Conference

This speech by Defence Minister the Hon. Marise Payne to ANU was held at the Women and National Security Conference and discusses 'women, peace and security'. The speech covers the following topics: 1. Participation of women at all levels of decision-making, in peace operations and...
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Tanya Plibersek wrong on the history of women in cabinet

Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek claims the last time there was only one woman in Cabinet was 1976.

Moving backwards? Women in Australian parliaments

How important is it to keep counting the number of women in public office and trying to increase their numbers? Recent controversy suggests that some people think the time for monitoring gender gaps is over, writes Marian Sawer.