- xi, 286 p.,  p. of plates : ill., ports, ; 24 cm.
- Contents: Liberal Party emerges 1943-1945 -- Into power 1945-1949 -- Menzies era 1949-1966 -- In Menzies' shadow 1966-1972 -- Opposition 1972-1975 -- Fraser years 1975-1983 -- Opposition 1983-1994 -- Howard years 1995-2004 -- Howard's last term 2004-2007 -- In Howard's shadow.Includes bibliography (p.  - 277) and index.Summary: "So Many Firsts examines the political lives of women in the Liberal Party from Enid Lyons to today. Annabelle Rankin, Margaret Guilfoyle, Helen Coonan and Julie Bishop are among the pioneering women who achieved so many firsts in their achievements as women, and for women. They had many hurdles to overcome – including the long fight to extend child endowment, the battle to remove the legislative barriers to married women working in the public service, equal work, equal opportunity and equal pay – along with the notion that they could do more than only represent women’s issues. In 1948, The Mail helpfully declared of Senator Annabelle Rankin: "She tackles men’s problem’s too". In the Turnbull era, women are occupying many of Party’s key positions, and continue to applying their spirit and talent to achieving even more firsts for the nation."--Publisher description.