Title

The magnificent life of Miss May Holman

Document Type

Book

Publisher

Fremantle Press

Place of Publication

Fremantle, Western Australia

School

School of Arts and Humanities

RAS ID

22968

Comments

Originally published as:

Hopkins, L. (2016). The magnificent life of Miss May Holman. Fremantle, Australia: Fremantle Press.

Original available here

Abstract

Throughout the 1930s May Holman was a household name and an inspiration to the women of her generation. She made history in 1925 when, at age thirty-one, she became Australia’s first female Labor parliamentarian, holding the seat of Forrest until her untimely death on the eve of the 1939 elections.

A woman who fought tirelessly for the rights of those in her electorate, her accidental death received national coverage with thousands of Western Australian mourners lining the streets to pay tribute.

May Holman charted new territory for women, but the barriers she encountered and her methods of overcoming them still resonate today.

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