A selection of women’s stories that reflect key issues and activities prominent during three heightened waves of feminist activism.

Are you related to a woman who signed the 1893 suffrage petition? Find out by searching our database and learn how to add their biography. Recently added biography: Laura von Dadelszen

Resources and suggestions to help students engage with the topic of women’s activism in Aotearoa.

Explore zine-making with FeminEast

Zines are usually handmade and self-published. Along with suffragist banners and protestor’s placards, they are a creative form of self-expression, with a history that ties into activism and feminism.

Explore zine-making with FeminEast

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Suffragist or Suffragette?

Suffragist or Suffragette?

Last year I couldn’t vote on election day itself and this saddened me greatly. Having lived overseas for several years, I was looking forward to strolling down to the local school and casting my vote, while being grateful for the ease with which New Zealanders can...

Main banner image: Women’s March in Wellington, January 2017. Credit: Photo - Stuff / Dominion Post

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'Suffrage 125', URL: https://nzhistory.govt.nz/culture/suffrage125, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 22-Jun-2018