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Suffrage Day

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, September 19th, 2013 - 8 comments
Categories: democratic participation, feminism, human rights - Tags:

It’s 120 years since women got the vote – what are you doing to celebrate?

There’s a number of events going on around the country organised by everybody from the CTU to Hamilton Council.  Sue Moroney is having a 26 for Babies picnic on Parliament’s lawn.

While it’s a day of celebration of past wins, there’s also much to still work for – with a worsening gender pay gap and state board representation and very low levels of private board representation, not to mention parliamentary representation that’s too low (particularly on the right).

Share your celebrations here though…

8 comments on “Suffrage Day ”

  1. tracey 1

    I am lecturing some students this afternoon on sport and law… I will be bringing many firsts to their attention

    first vote for women
    first 40 hour week
    first 8 hour day
    first universal compensation and rehab

    please add for me because not lecturing til tjis arvo

  2. tracey 2

    Interesting take on difference and importancd between male and female voters


  3. Ad 3

    There are a few events occurring around the joint to celebrate.
    Perhaps posters could assist on where they are in their respective centres?

  4. karol 4

    Lianne Dalziel gave her valedictory speech in the House yesterday evening.

    She said she was first selected to stand for parliament in Christchurch 23 years ago on Women’s Suffrage Day. So she begins speaking about the Day and women in politics.

    Part One of her speech (incorrectly labelled part 2)

    Part 2 (with the House and gallery singing a song, that I think commemorates Suffrage Day)

  5. karol 5

    http://www.3news.co.nz/Suffrage-Day-marked-in-New-Zealand/tabid/423/articleID/313736/Default.aspx'>3 News website has a list of events around the country, inncluding:

    Khartoum Place in Auckland CBD from 12:30pm Thursday.
    Speakers will include Mayor Len Brown, Pippa Coom on the role of bicycles in the suffrage movement and more.
    Hamilton City Libraries will continue their celebrations Thursday with talks from three leading ladies.

    Speakers will include Hamilton City Councillor Pippa Mahood, who has also been on the District Health Board, prominent politician Dame Jocelyn Fish, and Margaret Evans, Hamilton’s first female mayor.

    There will be a display of ephemera from the libraries’ collection, including electoral leaflets for a range of women candidates over the years.

    The talks will be held at 12:30pm in the archives reading room on level three of the Garden Place Library.
    Those in Invercargill are joining together this Saturday at the Holy Trinity Church to celebrate with tea and cake.

    Wellington commemorated yesterday.

  6. Rosie 6

    Shortly I will be celebrating my freedom to participate in democracy by attending a protest! How apt!

  7. Winston Smith 7

    Going to work like I do every work day

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