Harriet Morison, Fighting for Fairness — short film

Date: Friday 8th March, Arrive at 12:50. This short film (8.5 mins) is being shown after the screening of the International Women’s Day Breakfast held at Parliament.

Location: National Library, Tiakiwai Conference Centre (lower ground floor), Corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street.

Cost: Free. You don't need to book. 

Contact: events.natlib@dia.govt.nz

Mobilising working-class women to sign the suffrage petition

An advance showing of this short film about suffragist, feminist and union leader Harriet Morison in Dunedin in the 1890s.

Come at about 12:50. This short film (8.5 mins) is being shown after the screening of the International Women’s Day Breakfast held at Parliament.

This film brings to life the role Harriet Morison had in mobilising working-class women to sign the 1892 suffrage petition to improve the appalling conditions of work for women working in factories and in homework.

Screening of the International Women’s Day Breakfast held at Parliament

Pay equity and equal pay for women

The film contains archive footage from her speeches, the newspapers of the day and parliamentary processes. The film draws a connection to the achievement of pay equity for care and support workers and other pay campaigns as women fight for equal pay now in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

The film was undertaken with the support of the Ministry for Women’s 125 Suffrage fund and additional funding from unions. New Zealand documentary filmmaker Anna Cottrell aided the development of this film. The background music is from local Wellington union choir — Choir Choir Pants on Fire.

About the film's director

The film’s director, Caitlin Lynch, is a Master’s student in film at Victoria University. Her research interests are in the ways media, both archival and contemporary can be used to tell history.

Harriet Morison
Harriet Morison, Harriet Morison depicted in the Department of Labour Auckland Staff photo, part of Edward Treager’s photo album Illuminated Address. Ref: fMS-242. Alexander Turnbull Library