Women's Groups 2013 - Women’s Action Alliance (WAA)

Women’s Action Alliance (WAA)

Purpose of the group

WAA was a national organisation that aimed to advance and benefit women. It was non-political and non-denominational and actively involved in lobbying political parties on various matters of concern to women. The group was also known as the Australian Family Association: Women’s Division.

The principle of equal pay was supported for women in employment and WAA supported promotions based on competency and suitability, regardless of sex. The organisation worked to gain recognition for women’s roles in unpaid work, such as voluntary and community work. It was considered the State was responsible for funding child care to enable women to work, as well as payments for women who chose not to work outside the home.

A cornerstone of the group’s policies was the Homemakers’ Allowance, which was to be paid to women wanting to be full-time homemakers. It was believed women should not be subject to economic disadvantage if they chose to be homemakers. The proposed scheme was to operate as part of the wage system by siphoning off a proportion of real wages’ future growth into a central fund. A submission based on this proposal was made to the mid-decade conference on women held in November 1979 at Churchlands College.

Time period

WAA operated during the 1970s—the official launch of the WA branch was on 18 September 1977 at the Riverside Hotel and Lodge, attended by about 100 people.

Key achievements

None given.

Key people and positions in the group

The WA branch was launched by Matron Beryl Grant of Ngala with Imelda Bennett as the convenor.

Sources

Collection of material issued by the Women’s Action Alliance available at the State Library of WA, detailed listing available at PR8923.



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