Margaret Guilfoyle, an Australian senator and cabinet minister who broke multiple barriers for women in politics, died on Nov. 11. She was 94.
Her death was on Thursday by the Liberal Party.
“Dame Margaret opened doors for Australian women that will never be shut again,” Scott Morrison, Australia’s Liberal prime minister, said in a . “This is her great legacy.”
As a member of Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser’s cabinet from 1975 to 1983, Ms. Guilfoyle was the first woman to run an Australian government department and the first female finance minister. She was also the seventh woman in the Australian Senate, where she served for 16 years as a member of the Liberal Party, Australia’s main conservative party.
Ms. Guilfoyle was the highest-ranking woman ever in the Australian government until Julia Gillard became prime minister in 2010. Though she protected women’s interests in her work and sought to advance women in politics, Ms. Guilfoyle did not identify as a conventional feminist and said she wanted to avoid “tokenism.”