Minister commits own $50k to women's fund

Federal Women's Minister Kelly O'Dwyer has paid $50,000 from her own pocket for the Liberal Party's new female fighting fund.

The new fund, named after Enid Lyons - the first woman elected to the lower house - could be used to fund female candidates in seats the party lost at the last election.

"I have committed $50,000 to the fund and I have written to all members of the cabinet to encourage them to do the same," Ms O'Dwyer told The Australian on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his colleague was showing great initiative and leadership by donating to the fund.

"My conference in the Liberal Party in Sydney will certainly match that," he told 3AW radio.

Asked whether he would personally contribute, he said his conference would.