Shirley Margaret McKerrow (b.1933), a businesswoman, joined the Country (later National Country then National) Party of Australia in 1968. She considers this partyís policies the most relevant to her anti-socialism and concerns for the needs of individuals and small business. In 1981 she was elected federal president, becoming the first woman to head a major Australian political party organisation. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography
First female president of a political party
Shirley McKerrow of the National Party of Australia is the first female president of an Australian political party.