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'Doing It for Themselves: Women Fight for Equality' exhibition

Doing It for Themselves: Women Fight for Equality
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Women in Aotearoa New Zealand won the right to vote 125 years ago. With this mini exhibition, we honour women who fought, and continue to fight, for gender equality.

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Some of the objects featured in this small 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.

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