Jessie Street appointed as Australian representative to United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Jessie Street (1889 – 1970) is one of Australia’s most famous feminist activists having worked extensively in Australia and internationally to further women’s rights. She fought for pay equality, the right of women to retain jobs after marriage, and for women to stand for public office and election to Parliament.

She was the only women on the Australian delegation to the founding conference of the United Nation’s in 1945, and appointed as Australia’s representative to the United Nation’s Commission on the Status of Women – established in 1947.

The Jessie Street National Women’s Library, established in 1989, was named in her honour.

Photo coutesy of the National Library of Australia.

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