OK: not Wordless Wednesday

On September 19, 1893, the (all-male) parliament of Aotearoa-New Zealand passed The Electoral Act which granted all women in this country over 21 the right to vote in general and local elections. It was the first country in the world to do so.

Amongst the many events and exhibitions commemorating this milestone is one at the Auckland Museum which reflects on how far women here have come towards equality since 1893.

I think Sandra Coney (author, historian, health campaigner and politician) said it rather well:

“… you measure women’s progress not by how women are doing at the top, but how they are doing at the bottom.

On that basis, we’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet.

23 thoughts on “OK: not Wordless Wednesday

    • I think so too.
      The woman who said it is something of a hero of mine. She was part of the feminist movement in Auckland when I was first a student, and those women seemed to achieve so much. In the 1980s she and another woman uncovered and reported on some very unethical experimentation in the treatment of cervical cancer here — experiments that cost women their lives because they didn’t receive treatment in time. Their work led to a Royal Commission and radical changes in the way women’s health issues are handled here.

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        • I hadn’t read it, so thank you for that. I’ve just found it on Stuff.
          I went to a course once at the Auckland City Council office (I was briefly a records clerk in local government). Dove Myer Robinson spoke at it and I remember the absolute outrage I felt when he talked about how important it was for “the girls” to be “nicely turned out” if we wanted to get on.
          By the time I got to university in 1981, women like Sandra had done so much of the hard work, and were our the role models. She remains so.

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  1. A former mayor of Ottawa Charlotte Whiten, once said “Whatever women do they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” Things haven’t changed much.

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