Fight for suffrage and the Empire
Celebrating 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand.
- Date: Wednesday, 28 February, 2018
12:10 to 1pm
Free – booking is not required
Programme Rooms, Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets
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It is often said that New Zealand women ‘fought’ a battle for the vote, while their role in World War One has been largely overlooked. New Zealand vaunts its famous first of women’s suffrage, but not the firsts of the war, for example:
- the first woman doctor in a British military medical unit
- the first member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service
- some of the first-ever OBEs and MBEs.
In this talk, Jane Tolerton explores how the feminist 1890s fuelled female ambition and how this was expressed in the fight for suffrage and in the 1914–1918 war. The latter included all-female Scottish Women’s Hospital units largely funded by British suffrage societies, which were still waiting to get the vote.
About the speaker
Jane Tolerton is the author of:
- Make Her Praises Heard Afar: New Zealand Women Overseas in World War One
- An Awfully Big Adventure, and
- Ettie Rout: New Zealand’s Safer Sex Pioneer.