Clearly as a society we’ve made huge progress in the last 114 years – New Zealand’s even now got a Ministry dedicated to furthering Women’s issues to help ensure that they stay on the agenda. It’s a real shame that we’ve still we’ve got people like National’s Judith Collins making statements like:
“National has indicted that it will extinguish the Ministry of Women’s Affairs. The ministry has been in existence since 1984 and has produced nothing of benefit for women.”… “It is time… to… get rid of a sexist relic.” (SST – Nov 2003)
For a moment there I had thought that the relic to which she was referring might be the National Party itself. No such luck though. Judith is hardly a cheerleader for progress on women’s issues but she’s right in step with her Party which has voted againt Parental Leave legislation, against legislation to raise the minimum wage, against Working for Families, against setting up the Families Commission, and against the Care of Children Bill…
One wonders how much of a voice the 11 other female MPs in National actually have. By the looks of things, not a lot. On the other hand, if they all sound like Judith perhaps that ain’t such a bad thing.