Emma Lyes

About Emma

I’m Emma, a book-devouring, history-loving feminist who got involved with WHNZ when I was looking for a volunteering opportunity. WHNZ seemed like the perfect fit for me and I loved the idea of being able to research and write about women in New Zealand’s history. Too often history is recorded solely from the point of view of men and I’m proud to be a part of a team that has decided to correct that oversight.

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 divorce equal across both parties, making divorce more accessible for women in particular. Prior to the amendment to the Divorce…