Founded in 1972, WEL is proud of its many years of feminist advocacy and its significant wins for women in Australia. We have played a role in important policy changes such as the:
- Passing of equal pay legislation in 1972, which saw women awarded the male rate of pay, no matter what job they performed;
- Legitimisation, policy development, legislative reform and community education programs on issues such as equal opportunity, sexual harassment and domestic violence;
- Drafting and implementation of state anti-discrimination and federal sex discrimination legislation; and
- Rape law reform, which has gradually led to significant amendments to the NSW Crimes Act.
In 2004 Joan Bielski wrote The History, Organisation and Achievements of WEL NSW.