First Women of Politics and Parliament
In honour of International Women’s Day 2021, we take a closer look at the first woman elected to the Parliament of Victoria Lady Millie Peacock. The story looks at her life in politics and asks students to explore what impact women – whether in public political life or working behind the scenes – have had on Parliament of Victoria and on all Victorians. Regardless of whether we’re aware of their lasting legacies or not, these women – Lady Millie Peacock, the women referred to in the activities, and many more – were and are, pioneers in politics and parliament.
The resource includes the story of Lady Millie Peacock, teaching notes, activities, additional resources and relevant curriculum links.
The resource connects to the Grade 5 to Year 10 Victorian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship, although there are several Victorian Curriculum areas, such as History and English, for which these activities would be relevant.
Each of the activities have been designed to be adaptable to a range of classroom contexts and work flexibly, especially in terms of the amount of time spent and the depth of discussion.
The description at the beginning of each grade/year level provides an overview of how the resource maps to the achievement standards of that level. The content descriptors following this overview relate to the most relevant connections between the content, activities and the Victorian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship.
Thank you to the Parliamentary Library and Debra Reeves for the research into and story of Lady Millie Peacock’s life.
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