New book: Women Now: The Legacy of Female Suffrage

Twelve dynamic essays by leading New Zealand thinkers mark 125 years since New Zealand won the right to vote

Women Now: The Legacy of Female Suffrage

Ed. Bronwyn Labrum

Publication date: September 2018
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $35.00
Extent: 208 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9941460-0-7

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It’s 125 years since New Zealand women won the right to vote. But the battle for the right to so much else is ongoing. This first volume in the Te Papa ‘Thinking About’ series is published to mark the 125th anniversary of suffrage, and brings together provocative, insightful and energetically argued essays by 12 leading New Zealand writers and thinkers, based around objects from Te Papa’s collection.

Sue Bradford, Barbara Brookes, Sandra Coney, Golriz Ghahraman, Morgan Godfery, Dame Fiona Kidman, Charlotte MacDonald, Tina Makereti, Ben Schrader, Grace Taylor, Holly Walker and Megan Whelan examine how New Zealand women have fared since 1893.

Listen to RNZ interview with Sandra Coney and Bronwyn Labrum

Read an extract from Sue Bradford's essay at The Spinoff

Read an extract from Dame Fiona Kidman's essay at the New Zealand Herald

Read an extract from Sandra Coney's essay in Your Weekend, and online at Stuff

Read an extract from Grace Taylor's essay at ARTicle

Read an extract from Tina Makereti's essay at Radio New Zealand

About the editor

Dr Bronwyn Labrum is the Head of New Zealand and Pacific Cultures at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She is the author of Women’s History: Researching and Writing Women’s History in New Zealand (BWB, 1993); and co-editor of Fragments: New Zealand Social and Cultural History (AUP, 2000); and Looking Flash: Clothing in Aotearoa New Zealand (AUP, 2007) and the best-selling Real Modern: Everyday New Zealand in the 1950s and 1960s (Te Papa Press), which was short-listed for the 2016 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. She has also published articles and chapters both nationally and internationally on the history of women; asylums and mental health; the history of welfare services; and material culture and museums, contributing to significant edited collections and reference works in these areas. She blogs at MATTER (bronwynlabrum@wordpress.com).

Publication date: September 2018
NZ RRP (incl. GST): $35.00
Extent: 208 pages
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-9941460-0-7

Buy from Te Papa Store