Op Ed: The Liberal Party needs to leave ‘merit’ behind if it wants to preselect more women

Op Ed: The Liberal Party needs to leave ‘merit’ behind if it wants to preselect more women

Written by Women for Election CEO, Licia Heath. Article originally published by Women’s Agenda on Wednesday, 22 November.  Irrespective of your political allegiances, Saturday’s by-election in the seat of Mulgrave represents a considerable win. Why? Because Eden Foster’s election to the state’s Legislative Assembly marks a watershed moment for gender equality in Victorian state politics:…

Op Ed: Gender equality in Victorian Parliament – the victory no one’s talking about

Op Ed: Gender equality in Victorian Parliament – the victory no one’s talking about

Written by Women for Election CEO, Licia Heath. Article originally published by Women’s Agenda on Wednesday, 22 November.  Irrespective of your political allegiances, Saturday’s by-election in the seat of Mulgrave represents a considerable win. Why? Because Eden Foster’s election to the state’s Legislative Assembly marks a watershed moment for gender equality in Victorian state politics:…

Country Caller: Push for regional women to take the political stage

Country Caller: Push for regional women to take the political stage

Written by Caitlin Crowley. Article originally published on The Country Caller website on Thursday, 5 October 2023. Women in rural and regional communities who are already doing “nine-tenths” of what it takes to be a good politician, without getting paid for it, are among those being targeted by a new campaign to achieve gender equality…

The Guardian: Women in power – the push to get more diverse female candidates in Australian elections

The Guardian: Women in power – the push to get more diverse female candidates in Australian elections

Written by Nick Newling. Article originally published on The Guardian website on Friday, 17 November 2023. Almost every council in Australia has a gallery of “dead men”, says Licia Heath. In the Cairns regional council, the gallery of past mayors – overwhelmingly white and male – is in the civic reception room. Underneath their gaze,…

Media Release: Women urged to step into politics as national program launches

Media Release: Women urged to step into politics as national program launches

Newly armed with a $5 million ‘Women in Public Office’ (WIPO) Commonwealth grant, Women for Election is launching its national candidate training program: EQUIP: Power Edition. An enriched version of previous training workshops, this program will explain the political process, equip participants from a range of backgrounds with practical campaigning tools and build the confidence…

Op Ed: Women leaders are irreplaceable. Until that changes, there will never be enough

Op Ed: Women leaders are irreplaceable. Until that changes, there will never be enough

By WFE CEO, Licia Heath. This article was originally featured in the Sydney Morning Herald on April 14, 2023. The recent NSW election has yielded significant gains in the number of women elected to public office in the state. There are now seven more women in the lower house, while women maintain a slight majority…