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What women want(ed): Why are we commemorating women's suffrage in New Zealand?

In 1893 New Zealand became the first nation state to give women the vote. With this came a package of aspirations for the arrangement of women’s domestic lives and economic opportunities, as well as a further voice in the political life of the country.

For many, the vote was the means to other ends, some of which seemed relatively conservative to a later generation of feminists.

This talk, delivered by Emeritus Professor Margaret Tennant FRSNZ FNZAH will reflect upon some of these goals and the degree to which they had been achieved 125 years later, as well as looking at women’s suffrage in a broader international context.


Manawatū Branch of Royal Society Te Apārangi


Palmerston North Central Library, George St

7:30pm Tue 16 October, 2018 - 8:30pm Tue 16 October, 2018