WEL–ACT founded a coalition of pro-choice groups, Options for Women. This successfully lobbied for the passage of legislation in 2002 that made the ACT the first jurisdiction in Australia to remove all references to abortion from its criminal code.
L to R, Erica Fisher, back of Erica Lewis and Diane Coward. “No Respect No Vote” referred to the cancellation of a federal government domestic violence campaign called “No Respect No Relationship”. Parliament House Canberra, September 2004.
Top: Mary Owen Dinner badge. The first Mary Owen Dinner was held in 1986 to celebrate Mary’s retirement and then annually until 2005. Lower left: International Women’s Year badge (1975). Lower right: WEL–NSW badge (early 2000s).
L to R, Kerry Lovering, Gail Radford and Fay Marles at the last Mary Owen Dinner. These dinners were held in packed town halls with the women attending wearing the feminist colours of purple, white and green. Melbourne, 29 April 2005.
Anne Barber (WEL–NSW) at ‘The Ednas’. The Edna Ryan Awards were first held in 1998, the year following Edna’s death. They were created by a group of friends and WEL–NSW to honour her life and work. Photo, Sydney, 11 May 2007.