Sex, gender and power in New Zealand: 125 years of women's politics Event as iCalendar

(Politics and International Relations, Public Policy, School of Social Sciences)

18 September 2018


Venue: Basement lecture theatre B10, General Library (109-B10)

Location: Corner of Princes & Alfred Street

Professor Jennifer Curtin | Inaugural lecture

It is 125 years since women won the right to vote in Aotearoa-New Zealand and in 2019 we will celebrate 100 hundred years since the passage of the Women’s Parliamentary Rights Act. We were global leaders on women’s suffrage, but we are yet to witness parity in political representation.

In this lecture I reflect on why this is the case by tracing how the gendered rules and norms that underpin the exercise of political power have worked to exclude women. Such rules are not static: they have been shaped and reshaped over time, to become more inclusive of the ‘fairer sex’.  Nor have the shifts proved seismic, but as I will argue, they are the result of an agile feminist activism, working from within and outside formal politics. And feminist claims continue to disrupt and disturb the prevailing politics of advantage, although not without resistance. 

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