ED­I­TOR’S LET­TER

The TV Guide - - CONTENTS - With TV Guide Ed­i­tor Julie Eley julie.eley@stuff.co.nz

On Septem­ber 19, 1893, New Zealand be­came the first coun­try in the world to grant women the right to vote in Par­lia­men­tary elec­tions. It’s a mile­stone we’re rightly proud of, even though it took un­til 1919 be­fore women were al­lowed to stand for Par­lia­ment. It’s seems laugh­able now that such a state of af­fairs could have ex­isted, which is per­haps why Funny Girls is mak­ing it the sub­ject of a spe­cial show this week (see story page 12). The past 125 years have seen ma­jor ad­vance­ments for women, even if it seems we have been fight­ing for them ev­ery step of the way. Who, for in­stance, re­mem­bers that when the con­tra­cep­tive pill was in­tro­duced in New Zealand in 1961 it was avail­able only to mar­ried women? The Equal Pay Act didn’t come into force un­til 1972 and there’s still a huge amount of work to do when it comes to gen­der pay equal­ity. Kate Shep­pard started us on the path to equal­ity so as we cel­e­brate 125 years of suf­frage I think it’s worth re­mem­ber­ing her words: “All that sep­a­rates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is in­hu­man, and must be over­come.”

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