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An ungallantly long hesitation to show ‘my lady’ to a seat

A Brown Bag lunchtime lecture by Dr Jenny Coleman, Massey University


The history of women taking a seat in Parliament has been an embarrassing and hushed footnote in the shadow of New Zealand’s proud status as the first country in the world to grant women the vote.

The myth that New Zealand women were apparently content to not have this right and made little or no effort after achieving the franchise to take the logical step of qualifying themselves for election has a long trajectory.

Why did it take so long for women to achieve this right and why did it take so long for the first woman to be elected? Inasmuch as the history of showing ‘my lady’ to a seat reflects the entrenched conservatism of male politicians, it also bears testimony to a history of women’s persistence, perseverance, tenacity and resilience.

Co-hosted by the Staff Women’s Caucus (SWC) and the Politics Programme.

Date Tuesday, 29 October 2019
Time 12:10pm - 12:50pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
CampusDunedin
DepartmentPolitics
LocationOtago Business School LG04
Websitehttps://www.otago.ac.nz/services/swc/index.html

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