Cel­e­brat­ing Kate Shep­pard

Meet six of the women giv­ing Kate Shep­pard a voice, read­ing the pi­o­neer’s speeches for an up­com­ing project mark­ing Suf­frage 125. Wear­ing a range of pe­riod cos­tumes, they share their thoughts on fem­i­nism past and present

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Mu­si­cian “It’s as sim­ple as be­ing the only woman in the room, and be­ing treated like you’re the only woman in the room,” she says of the heav­ily male mu­sic in­dus­try. “But as con­ver­sa­tions per­sist and start to change laws and minds, and the pay gap dis­ap­pears, I feel like – and I’m an op­ti­mist – even­tu­ally, we’re go­ing to get there.”

Min­nie Barag­wanath

CEO of so­cial change agency Be. Ac­ces­si­ble “One of the big chal­lenges, what­ever your iden­tity, is not fall­ing into the pat­tern of place and peo­ple, and lim­it­ing boxes. It’s an in­di­vid­ual and col­lec­tive so­ci­etal chal­lenge.”

He­len Clark

For­mer PM and United Na­tions ad­min­is­tra­tor “We are still look­ing at in­equities across so­ci­ety, in in­come, po­lit­i­cal par­tic­i­pa­tion and rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the high­est lev­els. Par­tic­u­larly, we have to keep on about the do­mes­tic, sex­ual and gen­der-based vi­o­lence which is high in New Zealand. Kate Shep­pard’s ring­ing words – ‘Women! Get on with it, keep at it’ – I think are very im­por­tant.”

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