Her Home: Women’s Housing Past and Present

Women have long faced challenges in accessing affordable housing. Today, the high cost of housing and rental prices is making it even more challenging for women, and particularly for women in vulnerable communities, including those on low incomes, people with disability and Indigenous Australians.

Join us at the Museum of Sydney for a thought-provoking panel talk that explores women's housing in Australian history. As part of Women’s History Month, this program brings together leading experts in the fields of urban planning, academia and women’s housing to discuss the social, cultural and economic factors that have shaped housing options for women and the impact of these changes on women’s lives.

Learn about the history of women’s housing in Australia, the challenges and opportunities facing women in the housing market today and into the future, and how we can create a more equitable and accessible housing market for all women.

The discussion will delve into the challenges faced by women in accessing safe and affordable housing and the impact of key events such as the suffrage movement, World War II and the current housing crisis. Our panel will discuss innovative housing solutions and urban planning that address the specific needs of intersectional women, looking at co-housing, community land trusts and supportive housing, and the strategies for empowering these groups to access safe and affordable housing in today’s real estate market. As a community, how do we break down systemic barriers, such as discrimination, prejudice and lack of cultural understanding, preventing women in vulnerable communities from accessing housing services and opportunities.

This Way Canteen bar: drop-in for a drink from 5pm.

Members get more: enjoy 10% off food and drinks.

For subsidised tickets please contact us here.


Moderator April McCabe will be joined by panelists Dr Justine Lloyd, Jemima Mowbray and Dr Emma Power for this important discussion.

Corner Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9251 5988

Museum of Sydney

Corner Phillip and Bridge streets, Sydney NSW 2000. Phone +61 2 9251 5988
  • Cafe
  • Wheelchair accessible
Plan your visit
  • 29 March 2023

    Bar open from 5pm
    Museum open from 6.15pm