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 Maybanke both 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...
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To discover more about Federation and the diverse people behind it, check out the Voices / Dhuniai: Federation, Democracy and the Constitution exhibition at the National Archives of Australia

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.