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How Did Henrietta Dugdale Influence Women's Rights In Australia

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Compared to men, women are still viewed as inferior. Women today have much more freedom in their rights when compared to the 1900's. Many laws have been created to help women gain more rights. Australia was one of the earliest participants in the women’s rights movement. In fact, it was the second country to give women the right to vote. It was the first country to give women the right to be elected to a national parliament. Australia is also home to several women who have influenced women's rights especially Henrietta Dugdale.

Henrietta Dugdale

Henrietta Dugdale had a huge impact on women's rights in Australia. Her actions inspired other women to take action all around the world. She was the first woman to step up and to take …show more content…

Its purpose was "to obtain the same political privileges for women as now possessed by male voters" meaning that women should have the same rights as men. After two years, their society had amassed 300 members to help them change the law to allow women to vote. This was the first action took towards women’s right by women in Australia. The Victorian Women's Suffrage Society lasted until 1908. When Dugdale was 75 years old, Australian women were granted the right to vote which she heavily influenced. At the age of 91, she died on June 17, 1918, in Victoria, …show more content…

Some Australian states allowed women to vote before 1902. South Australia granted women to vote in 1895 and only four years after that women in Western Australian. When the 19th Amendment of the United States Constitution came in 1902, this allowed all women older than 21 to vote.

Pay Gap and Employment: The pay gap between men and woman is drastic. The full-time pay gap is up to 15.3%, meaning that women earn about of an average of $253.70 less than men per week. The weekly earnings for men is around $1,662.70 and for women is about $1,409.00. This pay gap has been going on for about two decades now, but the number has only gone down a small amount since 1997. Women would have to work an extra 56 days in a year to earn the same pay as men for the same amount of work they do. This shows that males in part-time jobs are increasing plenary more than women in part time jobs. While in full time jobs women have a slight more percentage, but women have a lower income for the same amount of work they do. Women make up 46.9% of employment in Australia, 68.6% of women work a part time job and 36.8% of women work a full time

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