Commemorating Australian women first in their field, 342 signatures form a patchwork of empowerment.
The Signature Quilt holds 342 signatories forming a Patchwork of Empowerment.
The calico rectangles are signed by Australian women who have recorded firsts or significant achievements in their fields of endeavour. The alternate patches of patterned fabric were selected to illustrate the signatories profession or achievement.
It was conceived of and assembled by volunteers from this museum as from 2000 — 2004, and launched to much fanfare on International Women’s Day in 2004.
Read the stories of the women signatories and learn about the complex conservation requirements of such a large and significant textile.
We are continuing to add information about the women signatories. If you have further information about any of these women, please feel free to email us.