International Women’s Day Began With Marches

International Women’s Day Began With Marches

Victoria Premier Ted Baillieu

Victoria Minister for Women’s Affairs Mary Wooldridge

Victoria Acknowledges A Centenary Of International Women’s Day

Victor P Taffa

Premier Ted Baillieu and Minister for Women’s Affairs Mary Wooldridge today encouraged all Victorians to acknowledge and celebrate the centenary of International Women’s Day.

1911 marked the first rallies that were held across Europe, with women marching for better social, economic and political rights.

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in Victoria in 1931 when 50 women marched with a banner declaring Long Live International Women’s Day.

The Premier said International Women’s Day was an important occasion to reflect on the significant progress that had been made in advancing the status of women over the past 100 years.


“We need to acknowledge and celebrate all the great things that Victorian women have achieved both in their work and in their local communities.” Premier Baillieu said.

“The Coalition Government is committed to improving the lives of all Victorian women.”

“We also want to support women who are marginalised or isolated so that they can take advantage of the opportunities women now have.” Premier Baillieu said.

Ms. Wooldridge said the annual Victorian Honour Roll of Women was an important feature of International Women’s Day celebrations in Victoria.

“The Honour Roll acknowledges the achievements of inspirational women across the State, who have contributed so much to Victoria and changed the lives of many Victorians because of their efforts.” Ms. Wooldridge said.

“It is because of the courage and achievements of these pioneers that Victorian women today enjoy the rights and freedoms they long fought for.”

This year’s Honour Roll inductees will be unveiled by Ms. Wooldridge on March 16 at a ceremony to be held at the National Gallery of Victoria.

VIC Minister for Women's Affairs Mary Wooldridge

VIC Minister for Women’s Affairs Mary Wooldridge