Women of all political flavours are tired of the status quo.

They’re angry about legislatures that don’t reflect them, and policies that don’t address the issues that matter to them. And as the #metoo movement has shown, they’re ready to express their views now, perhaps more than ever before.

WomenVote is an independent and non-partisan organization: we were as horrified by the unacceptable sexism endured by Julia Gillard as we were by that meted out to Julie Bishop and Julia Banks, and to Sarah Hanson-Young.

Our mission is to assist women to advocate for change on issues that matter to them through our democratic processes. In the 2019 Federal Election, we want the policies that are put by the candidates to take into account the interests of women, and be articulated in a way that explains their implications for women. WomenVote seeks to raise the public profile of issues that particularly affect women and ensure that candidates for election act on these concerns.

To this end, we intend to identify and evaluate the various policies of Australia’s political parties and key independents in terms of their impact on women. We will set out in one place and in readily comprehensible form the policies of each of the major parties and key independents with expert analysis. We will provide links to the relevant work of the many other organisations that analyse these issues.

Our goal is to increase the likelihood of women voters having the information they need to exercise their right to be heard on the issues that matter to them and encourage all candidates to focus on the interests of women.

Specifically, we intend to focus on candidate’s policies in 5 broad areas:

  • the representation of women in the public and private sectors (including the number of women running for winnable seats and the role of quotas and other affirmative action type measures in the public and private sectors);
  • women’s workforce participation (including the gender pay gap and access to child care);
  • women’s financial security (including the prevalence of women in part-time or casual insecure work and women’s superannuation);
  • violence against women (including access to legal advice and other support such as shelters); and
  • women’s health and reproductive rights (including access to abortion).

We’re driven by nothing other than the palpable frustration that women currently feel about being unable to easily exercise our vote in an informed way and with impact.