Business and Professional Women’s Club of Canberra

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Professional association

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Business and Professional Women’s Club of Canberra

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1954 - c. 1987


The inaugural meeting of the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Canberra was held at the Hotel Civic on 9 April 1954. Office bearers elected at the Annual General Meeting on 12 July were President Betty Jackson, Vice-Presidents Mrs Chandler and Kitty Peisley, Secretary Dr M Granger. Other women prominent in the early years were Jean and Isabel Sheaffe, Sister Sylvia Curley, Joan Binns, Heather Shakespeare, and Margaret Timpson (President 1970-1971, 1985). The objectives of the Club were to promote the interests of business and professional women, to raise and maintain standards of education and training of women, and to work for the removal of sex discrimination in remuneration, opportunities for women in employment and selection for office. Representations were made to the government regarding equal pay, equal employment and training opportunities, superannuation, and family law reform. Among speakers to monthly meetings were politicians, diplomats, and academics on current political and international affairs. Meetings also provided opportunities for networking and social activities. The Canberra club also sponsored prizes for nurses, stenographers and book-keepers, and scholarships for young women completing year 10 in secondary school. The Canberra club was initially under the NSW-ACT Division of the Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women, which is affiliated with the International Federation of Business Women, which is associated with the United Nations. A separate ACT Division was formed in 1987 with the original Canberra club and two new clubs in Woden and Belconnen which first met in 1985.


Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

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Australian Federation of Business and Professional Women Incorporated (1947 -)

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Entered from deposit description on 2 July 2012




The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Canberra, 1954-1985, by Coralie Clark, 1991 in deposit N297.
BPW Australia, (accessed on 5 April 2016)

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