Occupation: Statistician, Australian Bureau of Statistics
'Under the leadership of Margaret Timpson, BPW Australia was very active in bringing to the attention of Government, business, unions and civil society the issues that affected women in the late 1980s.
In an address to the National Conference she stated that BPW Australia “speaks for the working women of Australia and that is all of them, no matter what class, what level of pay, what their profession is. We must also make sure that we are representing what is happening out there in the Community”
During the period 1987 to 1988 over 30 submissions were presented to the Federal Government that demonstrated that the views of BPW Australia were valued in the areas of employment, education and training, child abuse, women in business, women’s health, taxation and superannuation and small business, child care and ageing.
Press releases were issued on subjects such as:
At the beginning of Margaret Timpson’s term of office a new structure was introduced for all three levels of BPW Australia at national, state and club. The structure created five roles of President, Vice Presidents for External Policy, Vice President Policy, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. This structure was successful in having positions filled whereas the previous structure resulted in many positions being vacant.
BPW Australia Board 1987 to 1990
President Margaret Timpson
Vice President Communications Sharyn Cederman
Vice President, External Policy Robyn Duncan
Vice President Internal Policy Tessa Leedham
Honorary Secretary Pam Hahne
Honorary Treasurer Mary Callaway
Finance Officer Leanne Screaigh
NSW Division President Coral Tame
VIC Division President Joan Heard
QLD Division President Joan Gowan
SA Division President Jenny Chillingworth
WA Division President Anne Walton
TAS Division President Carol Thomson
ACT Division President Elizabeth Grant
In 1994 a Park in Canberra was dedicated to Margaret Timpson's name in recognition of her contribution to the contemporary women's movement in Australia for many years.
Prior to her death in 1993, she was a statistician with the Australian Bureau of Statistics which is located near the park bearing her name. A plaque at the centre of the park records the official naming on 10 March 1994 by the then Chief Minister Rosemary Follett.
Nearby is a boulder donated by the ACT Women's Consultative Council, on which is inscribed: "Margaret Timpson, AM (1941-1993), Inaugural ACT Woman of the Year 1990. An important inspiration to all women."
Thank you to the women behind the BPW Australia Past President History Project:
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