Since our first candidates in 1997-1998, EMILY's List Australia has supported 640 progressive Labor women, with 312 elected into state and federal parliaments. EMILY’s List has supported such women leaders as:

  • Clare Martin AO – the Northern Territory’s first female Chief Minister
  • Lara Giddings – Tasmania’s first woman Premier
  • Katy Gallagher – the ACT’s third woman Chief Minister and current Senator
  • Anna Bligh AC – Australia’s first popularly elected Premier and Queensland’s first woman leader
  • Carol Martin - the first Aboriginal woman to be elected to any Australian parliament
  • Linda Burney - the first indigenous woman to be elected into the NSW Parliament and then into Australian House of Representatives
  • Nova Peris - Australia’s first Indigenous woman Senator
  • Anne Aly - the first Muslim woman to be elected to federal parliament
  • Leanne Enoch - first Indigenous woman elected in the Queensland Parliament
  • Ayor Makur Chuot - the first WA state MP of African and South Sudanese ancestry
  • And, of course, founding member Julia Gillard AC, Australia’s first woman Prime Minister.


Our members, candidates and MPs have had an incredible impact on bringing about legislative and policy change of benefit to women, children and families. Significant progress has been made in the areas of abortion law reform, gender equality, women’s health and safety, paid parental leave, equal pay, early childhood education and care. EMILY’s List regularly analyses the impact of its endorsed progressive women MPs in parliament. These reports have shown the need for more women to be at Caucus and Cabinet decision-making tables as their presence brings about a broader, more representative legislative program

Read our reports

Report Cover Impact Analysis Tasmania 1998-2014 Report Cover - Impact Analysis SA March 2016 Impact-Analysis-Federal-2007-2013-Cover Impact Analysis Victoria Report Cover

1998-2014 Tasmanian Labor Government

2002-2016 South Australian Labor Government

2007-2013 Federal Labor Government

2014-2018 Victorian Labor Government



Through memberships, fundraising events and merchandise sales, we raise money to allocate to endorsed candidates to kick-start their campaigns.

EMILY's List has generated more than $7.26 million to assist candidates and ensure a pipeline of progressive Labor women