Rose Scott (1847-1925) and Maybanke Anderson (1845-1927)
Rose Scott and Maybanke Anderson helped federate Australia. But they didn't always agree. Maybanke was a federalist. She believed in federation but believed women's perspectives were not being valued in the drafting of Australia's new constitution. In contrast, Rose was an anti-federalist. She believed if Australia federated women would lose their voice.
But Rose and Maybankeboth agreed that women deserved the right to vote. After decades of campaigning, public speaking and challenging apathy and indifference, Maybanke and Rose finally got to walk up to a voting booth. They did so with the knowledge that their constitution did not view them as worth any less than men.
To tell Rose and Maybanke's stories, these are some of the sources we consulted...
To hear more women's perspectives on Australia's political history, watch Ms Represented on ABC by Annabel Crabb
To see read more stories of women who have shaped our nation since Federation, read 100 Years of Firsts by Annabel Crabb
Our ability to tell Rose and Maybanke's stories was made possible by...
Our ability to tell these stories was made possible by the dedicated work of biographers Jan Roberts and Judith Allen.
1901 Federation Poster
Portrait of Rose Scott 1883 (Coloured by Loredana Crupi)
You can find this image at Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales (Photo credit: August Ludwig)
Portrait of Maybanke Anderson
You can find this image at Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales
We wish to acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of country – the Ngunnawal, Ngunawal and Ngambri people. We pay our respects to the people, the cultures and the elders past, present and emerging.