Professor Kim Rubenstein and a team of people working with her are collecting and studying the experiences of pioneering women in the Australian legal profession through biographical research and oral history. They anticipate the information gained through this research will form the basis for a public resource and later showcase of the diverse and ground-breaking achievements of their research subjects, as well as an ongoing academic discussion of biography and legal research, gender, law and women's status as active citizens in public life.

This project is being carried out by researchers at the Australian National University, the University of Melbourne and National Library of Australia, and will be funded by an ARC linkage grant.

WLWA has been assisting Professor Kim Rubenstein of the ANU to identify trailblazing Western Australian women lawyers to provide oral histories for the project.

Some oral histories have already been taken - for example, Her Honour Valerie French, the first woman to sign the WA Bar roll. Links to those interviews are available HERE.

A link to an article Professor Rubenstein wrote about her interview with Her Honour Val French is HERE.

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