Enid Lyons and Dorothy Tangney – first women in Commonwealth Parliament

Dame Enid Lyons and Dorothy Tangney both entered the Commonwealth Parliament in 1943 as Member of the House of Representatives and Senator respectively.

Argus – 25 Sept 1943

The Australian Women’s Weekly – 2 October 1943 featured this photograph of Senator Tangney at her desk in Canberra in an article on the two women.

In 1945, two women artists (Mary Edwards and Tempe Manning) were commissioned to paint portraits of the two women parliamentarians.  They were rejected as ‘unsatisfactory’ – Sydney Morning Herald – 9 October 1945.