1. Maybanke Anderson
Maybanke ‘May’ Anderson was one of the founding members of the Womanhood Suffrage League of New South Wales. She wasn’t just an advocate for women’s suffrage—she also supported education reforms to increase literacy among women, especially in rural areas, and helped set up the first free kindergarten in Australia. In 1885 she opened a girls’ school in Sydney to help girls prepare to enter the University of Sydney. Later she became active in the Federation movement. Despite not having the opportunity to enter organised politics, Anderson’s legacy is in the education of girls and the establishment of women’s suffrage.