Australia’s First Female Governor-General Sworn In Today
Posted by Clem Bastow on September 5, 2008
To borrow a phrase from our Feministing sisters, it’s a Friday feminist fuck yeah on this sunny day: Quentin Bryce will be sworn in as Australia’s first female governor-general today! Bryce is an imposing figure and an impressive human being (qualities that haven’t necessarily been prerequisites for previous GGs, one could assume):
Raised in the tiny central Queensland town of Ilfracombe, Ms Bryce became one of the first women admitted to the Queensland Bar in 1965.
She has been a lifelong supporter of women’s and human rights and served as federal sex discrimination commissioner and Queensland director of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.
She also lectured in law, founded the Queensland Women’s Information Service and served as chair of the National Breast Cancer Centre Advisory Council and Australian Women’s Cricket Board.
She has been Governor of Queensland for the past five years.
We’ll hopefully have more coverage later in the day after she addresses the chamber, but in the meantime, a historic morning for Australia and Australian women!