|Senator for Western Australia|
21 August 1943 – 30 June 1968
|Born||13 March 1907|
North Perth, Western Australia
|Died||1 June 1985 (aged 78)|
Wembley, Western Australia
|Political party||Australian Labor Party|
Dorothy Tangney started her career as a school teacher in Perth, Western Australia. In the Australian federal election, 1940 she stood as a federal Senate candidate for the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia, and again in the Australian federal election, 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. She was the last surviving member of the 1944-1947 Senate.
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 1974 the federal electoral division of Tangney in Western Australia was named in her honour.
- 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 an Australia Post postage 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
- 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
- Listen to a recorded version of Dorothy Tangney's maiden speech in Parliament and read more about it on australianscreen online. This recording was added to the National Film and Sound Archive's Sounds of Australia registry in 2011.
- Tangney, Dorothy Margaret in The Encyclopedia of Women and Leadership in Twentieth-Century Australia