Read about women’s history in New Zealand
From people, to protests, to theories and more!
Maddie Davidson – Inspirational, Resilient, Hard-working, Role Model
Maddie Davidson is a New Zealander who made history by becoming the first female trampolinist selected to represent New Zealand at the Olympics. Maddie started trampolining at the age of seven and first represented New…
The Birth of the Association of Women Artists
The Association of Women Artists (AWA) was a group born out of a multi-media exhibition called “Women in the Arts.” The group formed post the exhibition supported women artists in their careers and aspirations.
The Divorce Act of 1898 : Equality of Marriage Rights
The Divorce Act of 1898 was a part of the greater women’s equality movement, the Act stemming from campaigns and calls for equality in marriage, divorce and life. The Divorce Act made the grounds for…
A Brief History of Abortion
Abortion has been a hotly contested issue by medical professionals, government officials, and the New Zealand public for over a hundred years. From the 1840s where abortion was outlawed entirely, to abortion anxiety post-WWI, to…
A Look at Early New Zealand : Victorian values
A Brief overview of early Victorian New Zealand. The Victorian period was a time of massive change in New Zealand. People were traveling to make New Zealand, to settle in the colonies.
The Pink Triangle
The Pink Triangle was a publication focused on strengthening the gay liberation movement. It provided a platform for radical issues in New Zealand such as queer rights, Māori land rights, abortion, feminism and much more.
The New Zealand Prostitutes Collective
The New Zealand Prostitutes Collective has been critical to advancing the rights, safety, health and wellbeing of sex workers in Aotearoa.
The National Council of Women
The National Council of Women, formed in 1896 and striving for gender equality ever since
Yvette Williams, New Zealand’s first woman on the podium: Yvette’s journey from nationals champion to Olympic gold medalist.
Christchurch Girls Are Sick of Your S*** – Sexual Assault and Christchurch girls
The ‘vandalism’ at CBHS. A story of fourth wave protest, vandalism and activism. How women get heard.
The Topp Twins
The Topp Twins – Musicians, Comedians, Activists.
Connie Purdue – Activist and “Anti-Feminist”
Communist to Catholic, Labour to National – how Connie’s later perspectives contrasted years of advocacy for equal rights. “I learned very early not to put up with things … you can change things.”
Consciousness Raising: Safe Spaces or Backseat Feminism? How the 60’s brought forth a mass of groups that gave women safe spaces to share, discuss ideas, and express themselves.
Fran Wilde, distinguished politician, social campaigner, business advisor, and activist. The woman who introduced the Homosexual Law Reform Bill to Parliament
“I think women are quite as well able to legislate as men…” – Elizabeth Yates, the first female mayor in New Zealand. Paving the way to gender equality.
Camellia Flowers and The Battle of the Buttonholes
Two ideologies, two colours, one flower: how different Camellias represented opposite sides of the suffragette movement. The evergreen Camellia shrub was cultivated in parts of China and Japan before being transplanted via mercantile ships into…