Media Release by Senator the Hon Kay Patterson

Canberra Lights Up For International Women’s Day

From tonight, some of Canberra’s landmarks on Lake Burley Griffin will glow with purple in celebration of International Women’s Day on 8 March.

The High Court of Australia, National Library of Australia, National Gallery of Australia and Old Parliament House will be lit in this traditional women’s colour until 12 March.

Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Status of Women, Senator Kay Patterson, said International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to reflect on the status of women in different cultures and regions across the globe.

“It is heartening to see how far women have advanced in Australia. We now have women in leadership positions such as company chairs, CEOs, and we have a greater proportion of female politicians than ever before,” Senator Patterson said.

“The Australian Government is committed to providing women with choices – the choice to have a career, or a family or to balance the two. The Government is constantly looking at ways to help Australian women improve their lives and achieve their goals,” Senator Patterson said.

Additional information on International Women’s Day is available at To find out about International Women’s Day events visit the events calendar.