International Women's Year, 1975 saw the commencement of the Working Women’s Centre (now the Hunter Women's Centre) when the Federal Government pledged funds for projects specifically focused on women. The Centre was established to be multi-purpose, concerned with women’s health, welfare, education, work, recreation and legal issues. There was also a focus to support migrant women through language services, and working women through childcare services. The Centre organised community welfare programs, discussion groups, self help programs and established a library of feminist literature.
Thirty five years later, the Hunter Women’s Centre continues to provide many key services to women across the Hunter. While the feminist movement has achieved much to progress the wellbeing of women, gender biase continues across the community impacting on women's health. Services at the Hunter Women's Centre acknowledge and address the role of gender in women's health and as such take a holistic approach in our work with women.