Some of the objects featured in the exhibition were acquired this year to celebrate Suffrage 125. Included are items from the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford, Dame Jenny Shipley, Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban, and former Green MP Holly Walker.
Also represented are Nope Sisters Clothing, Women’s Refuge, MyCup NZ, and Women Walk and Work for Peace.
Other objects were already in Te Papa’s collection and feature in a new book from Te Papa Press titled Women Now: The Legacy of Female Suffrage. These include He poi manu by artist Ngahina Hohaia, the Anovlar 21 contraceptive pill, the $10 banknote featuring Kate Sheppard, and Frances Parker’s suffragette medal.
These are tools women have used in their fight for positive change, and markers of their success.