Australian Women Political Leaders

Throughout history, there have been many Australian women political leaders who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great Australian female political leaders such as Julia Gillard, Pauline Hanson, Penny Wong, Enid Lyons, Julie Bishop.

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 1 
Julia Gillard
(27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013))

Julia Gillard
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Birthdate: September 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barry, Wales
Julia Gillard was the Australian prime minister from 2010 to 2013. She became the first lady prime minister, deputy prime minister, and leader of a political party in Australia. She has also held other significant positions, such as the minister of education. She has now devoted her life to academics.

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Pauline Hanson
(Federal President of Pauline Hanson's One Nation)

Pauline Hanson
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Birthdate: May 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Pauline Hanson is an Australian politician who has been serving as a senator for Queensland since 2016. Hanson is credited with founding a right-wing political party called One Nation, for which she also serves as the leader. Also an author, Pauline Hanson has published many books, including her autobiography, Untamed and Unashamed.

 3 
Julie Bishop
(Jurist, Politician, Diplomat, Lawyer)

Julie Bishop
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Birthdate: July 17, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lobethal

Julie Bishop is an Australian former politician who once served as the Minister for Foreign Affairs. For several years, she was the deputy leader of the Liberal Party. She studied law at the University of Adelaide and worked as a commercial lawyer before venturing into politics. In 2020, she became the first woman chancellor of the Australian National University.  

 4 
Penny Wong
(Foreign Minister of Australia)

Penny Wong
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Birthdate: November 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Penny Wong is an Australian politician. She has been a senator for South Australia since 2002. Currently, she is leader of the opposition in the senate. She is a qualified lawyer and has previously worked as a political advisor. She is a member of the LGBTQAI+ community and played a key role in the legalization of same-sex marriage in Australia. 

 5 
Gladys Berejiklian
(Politician)

Gladys Berejiklian
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Birthdate: September 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Former premier of New South Wales, the biggest state economy of Australia, Gladys Berejiklian was born to Armenian immigrants in Sydney. She made headlines when she resigned from her premiership in October 2021, amid investigations on corruption and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a regular at the Armenian Apostolic Church.

 6 
Jacqui Lambie
(Politician, Soldier)

Jacqui Lambie
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Birthdate: February 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ulverstone

Jacqui Lambie is an Australian politician who was a senator for Tasmania from 2014 to 2017. she was re-elected in 2019. She was initially affiliated with the Palmer United Party (PUP). Following her resignation, she was an independent for a while. Today, she is the leader of her own political party, the Jacqui Lambie Network (JLN).

 7 
Tanya Plibersek
(Politician)

Tanya Plibersek
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Birthdate: December 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney
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Annastacia Palaszczuk
(39th Premier of Queensland)

Annastacia Palaszczuk
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Birthdate: July 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Durack, Australia

 9 
Quentin Bryce
(Teacher, Lawyer)

Quentin Bryce
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Birthdate: December 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brisbane

Quentin Bryce is an Australian academic and politician. She served as the 25th Governor-General of Australia from 2008 to 2014 and is the first woman to have held the position. She attended the University of Queensland, where she studied law and became one of the first women accepted to the Queensland Bar. Following a legal career, she entered politics. 

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Zali Steggall
(Politician)

Zali Steggall
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Birthdate: April 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manly, Australia

Zali Steggall is an Australian lawyer turned politician. She has been serving as a Member of Parliament (MP) for the Division of Warringah since 2019. She is a former Olympic athlete as well and is considered Australia's most internationally successful alpine skier. She became a lawyer after retiring from skiing and eventually entered politics as well. 

Sarah Hanson-Young
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Birthdate: December 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Melbourne

 12 
Edith Cowan
(Social Campaigner)

Edith Cowan
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Birthdate: August 2, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geraldton, Australia
Died: June 9, 1932

Edith Cowan was an Australian social reformer best remembered for serving as a member of parliament; she was the first Australian woman to do so. She is also remembered for working for the welfare and rights of children and women. In recognition of her contribution, Cowan has been depicted on Australia's fifty-dollar note since 1995.

 13 
Marise Payne
(Politician)

Marise Payne
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Birthdate: July 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sydney

 14 
Nova Peris
(Former Australian Women's Field Hockey Athlete and Senator of Australia (2013 - 2016))

Nova Peris
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Birthdate: February 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Darwin, Australia

Nova Peris is an Australian athlete and former politician. In 1996, she became the first Aboriginal Australian to earn a gold medal at the Olympics; she was part of the women's hockey team that won the gold medal. She switched sports to sprinting and participated in the 1998 Commonwealth Games, winning gold medals in the 200m and 4x100m relay events. 

 15 
Sonia McMahon
(Socialite)

Sonia McMahon
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Birthdate: August 1, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Strathfield
Died: April 2, 2010

 16 
Michaelia Cash
(Politician)

Michaelia Cash
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Birthdate: July 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Subiaco

 17 
Lucy Turnbull
(Politician)

Lucy Turnbull
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Birthdate: March 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mittagong

 18 
Bronwyn Bishop
(Politician, Solicitor)

Bronwyn Bishop
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Birthdate: October 19, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney

 19 
Sussan Ley
(Politician, Aviator)

Sussan Ley
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Birthdate: December 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kano

 20 
Marie Bashir
(Engineer, Psychiatrist, Physician, University teacher)

Marie Bashir
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Birthdate: December 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Narrandera

Marie Bashir created history when she became the first female governor of New South Wales. A doctor, too, she was initially associated with children’s hospitals and later focused on psychiatry. She also worked for the mentally ill and homeless people from the Aboriginal community of Australia.

 21 
Emma Husar
(Member of the Australian Parliament for Lindsay)

Emma Husar
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Birthdate: April 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingswood, New South Wales, Australia

 22 
Natasha Stott Despoja
(Australian Senator)

Natasha Stott Despoja
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Birthdate: September 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Natasha Stott Despoja is an Australian politician, diplomat, and author. She began her career as a political advisor and was soon appointed to the senate. She has held several political positions. She is a member of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the founding Chair of the Board of Our Watch. 

 23 
Cheryl Kernot
(Politician)

Cheryl Kernot
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Birthdate: December 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maitland, New South Wales, Australia

 24 
Mehreen Faruqi
(Senator for New South Wales)

Mehreen Faruqi
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Birthdate: July 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

 25 
Enid Lyons
(Politician)

Enid Lyons
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Birthdate: July 9, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Smithton
Died: September 2, 1981

Enid Lyons was an Australian politician best remembered for becoming the first woman to serve in the federal cabinet as well as the first woman to be elected to the House of Representatives. In 1980, she became the second woman to be made a Dame of the Order of Australia. She is also remembered as the wife of Joseph Lyons.

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Carmen Lawrence
(Politician)

Carmen Lawrence
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Birthdate: March 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Northam, Australia

 27 
Ann Richards
(Actress)

Ann Richards
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Birthdate: December 13, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: August 25, 2006

Marjorie Jackson-Nelson
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Birthdate: September 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coffs Harbour, Australia

Marjorie Jackson-Nelson is a former Australian athlete. She won two Olympic and seven Commonwealth Games Gold Medals. She was appointed the Governor of South Australia in 2001 and held this position until 2007. She was married to Olympic cyclist Peter Nelson who died in 1977. She has been inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.  

 29 
Ann Corcoran
(Politician)

Ann Corcoran
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Birthdate: September 21, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

 30 
Hajnal Ban
(Author who published her experiences in the book God Made Me Small, Surgery Made Me Tall under the pseudonym Sara Vornamen)

Hajnal Ban
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Birthdate: November 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Afula, Israel

 31 
Sharman Stone
(Politician)

Sharman Stone
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Birthdate: April 23, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pyramid Hill, Australia