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Gender equality resources for International Women's Day and beyond

March 7th, 2019 By Dylan Owen

International Women’s Day is always celebrated on March 8. It’s a date that acknowledges the women’s movement’s beginnings when over a century ago, thousands of American women marched to demand better work and voting rights.

Here are some social sciences-focused, gender equality resources from the National Library Services to Schools, He Tohu, the Ministry for Women, NZHistory, and other trustworthy sources that provide rich support for International Women's Day and beyond.

Women protesting and one holding a banner saying 'The future is female'.
Photo by Lindsey LaMont. License to use.

2019 Women's Day events

This year, there is a diverse and exciting range of 2019 Women’s Day activities, all based around think equal, build smart, innovate for change. Highlights include:

  • Global women — inspirational female speakers in our major cities .
  • International Women’s Day — Wellington lunchtime screening of the International Women's Day Breakfast hosted by the Hon Julie Anne Genter Minister for Women at Parliament, with speakers, the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand and leading employment rights lawyer and Wellingtonian of the year, Steph Dyhrberg.

National Library and He Tohu gender equality resources

We have a range of social sciences resources to support teaching and learning about the struggles and achievements of women in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Topic Explorer

Find quality, curated resources on a range of gender-related topics to support and inspire inquiry. Our topic sets feature carefully selected, contemporary and primary source resources, including websites, articles, images, videos, and more.

Topic Explorer sets related to International Women's Day include:

He Tohu

  • Women’s Suffrage Petition ­ — He Tohu has substantial information on the petition and women’s political rights.
  • Gender equality — this social inquiry teaching resource (for New Zealand Curriculum social studies levels 4 and 5) explores gender inequality in the workplace.


Women's suffrage (New Zealand) — Many Answers curated topics guide students to appropriate quality-assured websites.

Lending service

Lending service — teachers can borrow books from Services to Schools' extensive curriculum-focused collection of fiction and non-fiction.

Other educational resources

Other social sciences-focused, gender equality resources worth exploring and sharing include:

  • Gender pay gap — Ministry for Women’s look at this high-level indicator of the difference between women and men’s earnings.
  • International Women's Day — a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change, and to celebrate acts of courage and determination.
  • Suffrage 125: Whakatū wāhine — Te Papa presents stories that highlight diverse women’s experiences.
  • Suffrage Day resources — includes a timeline and infographic highlighting progress since New Zealand women achieved suffrage.
  • Women and the vote — a NZHistory look at New Zealand’s suffrage milestone.
  • Women, the vote and activism — the Suffrage 125 celebration is an opportunity to remember the suffragists and what they fought for and reflect on women’s rights today.

Purple is the new black

It's important today, in the post-#MeToo world, that March 8 is not just a day to reflect on women’s political and cultural achievements. It's also a call to achieve a gender-balanced world. There's still much mahi to be done and everyone has a part to play in realising this year’s theme which will:

…focus on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women, particularly in the areas of social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure. — UN Women

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