Julie Cooper 1976

On the 12th of June 1902, Australia became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote and stand for office. However, in Moorabbin it wasn’t until 1976 (74 years later) that the first female councillor, Julie Cooper, was elected. Julie went on to challenge the norms of local government and fulfilled another milestone when she was elected the city’s first female mayor in 1982. Her groundbreaking achievements are today reflected in a Beaumaris stadium that bears her name and marks her role in creating opportunities for women in local politics.

Textile artist Tal Fitzpatrick, along with local crafters practicing hands-on craftivism, celebrates the contribution of female and gender non-conforming leaders and invites participants to take part in the struggle for gender equality.

Image: Scanned copy of Julie Cooper’s voting card supplied by Julie’s family.