Seizing the Initiative: Australian Women Leaders in Politics, Workplaces and Communities


Australian Women's Archives Project

Seizing the Initiative brings together a wide range of research to reveal how women in Australia in the twentieth century have negotiated leadership not only in formal politics and political lobby groups, but also at work, in business, in communities and in religious and cultural arenas. The contributors place women’s leadership within the broader setting of historical change in Australia dur-ing the twentieth century: first and second wave feminism, the world wars, growing educational opportunities and increased workplace participation. From colonial concerns to corporate life, the chapters illustrate the many advances made by women and the barriers that still stand between women and leadership roles. It is a collection that uncovers the diverse ways women have performed leadership and confirms that this knowledge is vital to developing broader understandings of leadership.