The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership

The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth Century Australia was launched on 2 May at the National Library, Canberra by the National  Librarian, Anne-Marie Schwirtlich.

This is an exciting new online resource that documents the many and varied ways that Australian women have contributed to Australian public life across the twentieth century.

Rather than focus on the women who exercise leadership in contemporary  Australia, the encyclopedia focuses on their foremothers, the women who occupied leadership positions during the twentieth century, women of the ‘pre-Google’ age. The Encyclopaedia had its origins in an Australian Research Council Linkage grant under the leadership of Professor Patricia Grimshaw of the University of Melbourne. The National Foundation for Australian Women was one of the industry  partners and the project has resulted in an additional 425 entries to the Australian Women’s Register ( . The Encyclopaedia can be found at