Trailblazing Women in the Law Project

WLASA, through its membership of Australian Women Lawyers (AWL), is delighted to support the Trailblazing Women in the Law Project (The Project).

The Project, which began as a pilot funded by the Australian Research Council and the National Library of Australia, is creating Australia’s first national oral history of ‘pioneering’ and ‘trailblazing’ female lawyers by establishing an online exhibition that showcases their experiences. To date 50 ‘pioneering’ and ‘trailblazing’ women lawyers have been interviewed.

The exhibition will also include the biographies of over 300 women nominated by individuals around the country to be part of the Project.

Once completed the online exhibition will provide a digital storytelling platform of women that have trailblazed the law in Australia. The platform will be accessible to a large audience as part of the Australian Women’s Register which contains valuable biographical data about Australian women and their organisations.  The exhibition will also act as a permanent legacy honouring the contribution of women lawyers to society and institutions across Australia.

The final stage of the Project involves substantial work and requires more funds. As a supporter of the project WLASA encourages its members to make a tax-deductible financial contribution for this purpose and to DONATE NOW.

Current partners of the Project include The National Library of Australia, University of Melbourne, the Federal Court of Australia, the Family Court of Australia, the National Foundation for Australian Women and Australian Women Lawyers.

To find out more contact Professor Kim Rubenstein at

To search the Australian Women’s Register click here.