Badge collection

Badge collection relating to WEL ( Women's Electoral Lobby) - 6 x folders = 0.41 linear meters Badges are stored in plastic sleeves contained in 5 archival folders, however we have requested further donations from members and expect our Badges collection to grow. 6 x folders each (H) 32.5cm x (W) 4cm x (D) 29.5 cm stacked on shelf

The Women's Electoral Party (WEL) is a lobby group founded in 1972. Originally aimed at publicising the women's issues policies of the election candidates, it has grown to advocate and achieve policy changes such as equal pay legislation, anti-sex discrimination legislation and rape law reform. The Library has a growing collection of badges related to Australian women that have been donated by a number of Library members and supporters.

The badges in our diverse collection have been generated by campaigns such as that against sexism, sexual harassment, war, nuclear energy and abortion laws. Others promote and celebrate working mothers, peace, International Women's Day and feminist values. Women's groups are well represented, although few political party badges have been collected. We do, however, have a badge from Jessie Street's campaign as the Labor candidate for the seat of Wentworth in 1943.

Compiled from various accessions