Suffrage 125

On 19 September 1893, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to give all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. In 2018 Global Women is celebrating 125 years of suffrage and we are pleased to share the following events and commemorations from other organisations:

  • Royal New Zealand Ballet is proposing a programme of commissioned works by international female choreographers.
  • He Tohu at National Library will run a series of public programmes during 2018 focused around the suffrage petition.
  • Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision is working on an online exhibition of 125 people who have contributed to women’s rights in New Zealand, as well as a screening series and discussion forum.
  • Te Papa is publishing a book on 12 objects and essays exploring topics such as women’s rights and suffrage.
  • Auckland Museum is holding a major exhibition exploring suffrage within a contemporary context.
  • Ministry for Education is seeking submissions on Suffrage 125 as part of Ministry in Māori Medium, bringing Māori history to life to Te Reo Māori learners.
  • Ministry for Culture & Heritage is developing a Suffrage 125 web page on NZHistory featuring educational content, timeline and an online exhibition juxtaposing women activists today, 1970s women’s liberation and the 1890s suffragists.
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