|Dame Dorothy Tangney
|Senator for Western Australia|
21 August 1943 – 30 June 1968
|Born||13 March 1911|
|Died||1 June 1985(aged 74)|
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
Dorothy Tangney started her career as a school teacher in Western Australia. In 1940 she stood as a federal Senate candidate for the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia, and again in 1943, when she was the first woman elected to the Senate. She served in the Senate from 21 August 1943 to 30 June 1968. Her 25 years of service made her the longest-serving woman parliamentarian. Her record has since been surpassed by Kathy Sullivan.
Senator Tangney was committed to an agenda of social reform, which included extending federal powers over social services and instituting Commonwealth assistance in education. Senate committees on which Senator Tangney served included the Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances and the Select Committee on the Development of Canberra, supporting the development of the Australian National University, and the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Social Security.
- In 1999 a street in Canberra, formerly known as Administration Place, was changed to Dorothy Tangney Place.
- In 1993 she and Dame Enid Lyons, the first female member of the Australian House of Representatives, appeared on a 45c stamp.
- In 2013 the Norfolk Hotel in Fremantle, Western Australia was decorated with a wall sculpture of Tangney. It was carved by the Portuguese artist VHILS (aka Alexander Farto) and his assistants.
- Senate Brief No. 3
- Dorothy Tangney's maiden speech to the Senate
- National Film and Sound Archive: Recording of Dame Dorothy Tangney's maiden speech in Parliament on australianscreen online
- Women in Parliament: Yes! But What's It Really Like?
- Australian Women's History Forum
- It's an Honour
- Vhils New Mural In Fremantle, Australia, Street Art News, 3 March 2013, accessed 15 August 2013
- Senate Brief No 3, Women in the Senate, Parliament of Australia, Department of the Senate. 1999