THE POSTCARD PROJECT
ON THE OCCASION OF YOUR 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE
Dear Aotearoa, on the occasion of your 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage
Thank you, Kate — for helping to make women more equal! Very best wishes,
Margaret Atwood, CC OOnt FRSC FRSL, Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, teacher and environmental activist.
Thank you for leading the way. There are many reasons to love New Zealand, but for this we are grateful. You liberated and inspired women. We look to you still. Most important: thank you for being unafraid of women’s power.
Nigella Lawson, British television personality, food writer, journalist.
Congratulations for your history of leadership in women's suffrage and for continuing to shine a light in this area. From one whose family has known the sacrifices and the initial importance of this struggle. With very best wishes,
Dr Helen Pankhurst, women's rights activist, writer and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst (British suffragette).
A blizzard of kisses and deepest pride that you were the first: and my greatgrandmother Hannah Arlele was a suffragist signatory. You are my sisters, and New Zealand my inspiration. Cheers, Sweeties!
Joanna Lumley OBE, FRGS, English actor, activist, author, philanthropist and former model.
This is hands down the coolest thing we as a nation have ever done. We must always live up to this proud legacy – keep proving to the rest of the world that GIRLS CAN DO ANYTHING!
Kate Sylvester, NZ fashion designer, Honorary Doctor Fine Arts (Massey).
To sisters of all ages, nationalities and culture in NZ and around the world. We have come so far, we still have far to go in our quest for true equality. Let’s support each other in our dreams and hopes, in the spirit of love, compassion and humanity encouraging each other at every turn across all echelons of society.
Lisa Tamati, endurance athlete.
Women, take the matter up! ( This was Kate Sheppard's call to action). Theresa Gattung, businesswoman, author, philanthropist and former CEO, Telecom NZ.
On this anniversary of women’s suffrage we can look back over the years and truly celebrate all that women have accomplished, in so many fields, in so many ways, to make this a better world. Now, in the face of many problems, we must stand together and work even harder.
Dame Jane Goodall DBE, primatologist and anthropologist, world expert on chimpanzees, activist, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN messenger of peace.
Keep up the good work ladies! Take care out there.
Jackie van Beek, film director.
Today our young women have more opportunities than ever before to shape their own destinies. I encourage you to seize these opportunities, to work together and unleash the potential that lies within us all to ensure our nation is prosperous yet compassionate, innovative and inclusive and mindful always of the well-being of the planet. Arohanui,
Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand.
I am inspired every day by wahine in my life — past, present and future — who do what they do for themselves, their whanau, their kaupapa. A line from the Black Ferns' haka ( Ko Uhia Mai) composed by Whetu Tipiwai, claims, "Ko Hineahuone, Ko Hine-titama, Ko Hine-nui-te-po, Ki te whai ao ki te ao marama e", meaning women in our past have taken us from a void to a world of enlightenment! Nga mihi.
Dr Farah Palmer ONZM, university lecturer, NZ Rugby Board member and former captain of the Black Ferns.
They were staunch, they got organised, outside they persuaded, inside they overcame! xx
Gaylene Preston ONZM, film-maker.
Unity is where strength lies, where the foundation for change and progress stems from. Manaaki whenua, manaakitanga, haere whakamua. Care for the land, care for the people, go forward.
Vittoria Shortt, CEO, ASB Bank.
It is always worth remembering that women weren't "given" the right to vote, they demanded it and won it. This was less about New Zealand being a forward-thinking country, and more about the power of stroppy women. Stay stroppy.
Michele A'Court, writer/poet.
Women of all ages, ethnicity and diversity have stood strong and proud in the last 125 years … together we will continue to stand strong and proud with our voices and actions being heard and seen for another 125 years. Kia kaha wahine toa.
Louise Nicholas ONZM, campaigner for women’s rights and victims of sexual violence.
The first step to creating change is to believe in yourself. If you can believe in yourself then you always have at least one person in your corner. Always remember you are a strong, intelligent wahine with the power to change the world. Even one voice is loud when the rest are silent. Kia kaha,
Eva McGauley, CEO EvasWish, activist, Youth Ambassador HELP: Auckland.
Thank you for the fight, for being fierce — for not giving up. Thank you for FREEDOM.
Jodie Rimmer, actor.
I’m so proud to be a woman, and be able to show and represent the power of women, and inspire many all around the world! Many women have been huge role models for me and if we continue to follow in the footsteps of the many amazing women that have led us, there is definitely a brighter side waiting for us all! Thank you to each and every one of you! Let’s keep showing the strength of women to the world.
Lydia Ko, professional golfer and youngest player ever to be ranked no 1 in the world.
In God's grace anything is possible. Let God's light shine on us all, guiding us to our fullest potential.
Lorraine Downes, Miss Universe 1983, style/wellbeing consultant, author.
Thanks for leading the way — but there is still a long way to go. Our most important job is to keep up the conversation, role model great leaders and guide our next generation. With love and hope for the future,
Cecilia Robinson, founder and co-CEO, My Food Bag.
Wahine ma o Aotearoa. We’ve always stood for what is right and done it bravely and in the knowledge that was a fight worth having. To kaha hoki! May we continue to be a shining light of equality in the in the world. Kia manawa titi tatou!!
Jennifer Ward-Lealand/Te Atamira ONZM, NZ actor, director, singer.
Voting is at the heart of our democracy. Women weren't given the right to vote, they had to take it. In campaigning successfully for the right to vote we led the world. Women across Aotearoa continue to push for a better world — to be paid fairly, to be free from violence and to overturn gender stereotypes. Acting together creates changes.
Hon Eugenie Sage, Acting Minister for Women.
I struggle to think of something you’ve stood for, and achieved, that I’m more proud of than women’s suffrage. It was a big, bold, clear move that we could all hold dear and keep as an aidememoire that big, bold moves and clarity of vision can help to build great communities and countries.
Karen Walker CNZM, NZ fashion designer.
Dearest women of the future young and old, may we always remember our sisters and how they paved the way for us, may we remember their fight and keep their fire burning inside us, fight for our sisters to come. May we always be refined by our struggle, not defined by gender.
Ladi6, singer / songwriter.
As women we have the amazing capacity and capability to lead, empower, encourage, and inspire our communities. 125 years ago women succeeded with their courage to do just that. Today in Aotearoa NZ we have at the helm of our country women leaders. The Prime Minister, Governor-General and Chief Justice, but we still have a long way to go for equity and equality.
Ranjna Patel, ONZM, QSM, JP, founder and Director of Nirvana Health Group.
My beloved Aotearoa, you are an inspiration to the whole world. You float serenely on the blue Pacific, head held high ... just like all the wahine toa you have given birth to. Strong. Proud. Able.
Jenny Morris OAM, NZ singer/songwriter.
Fertility control is essential if women are to reach their full potential. Without it all other freedoms are in jeopardy. Fertility control includes the right for a woman to choose abortion. Make sexual and reproductive health a priority for the future.
Dame Margaret Sparrow DNZM MBE, medical doctor, reproductive rights advocate, author.
A time to reflect and respect those courageous women who fought so hard for us. A proud moment in our history. As we continue to fight for equality we need strong women and men fighting the cause. Kia kaha,
Nikki Kaye, MP Auckland Central.
We have come so far! We enjoy choices our mothers and grandmothers did not generally have available to them. But we still have a long way to go before we reach our full potential. Try every day to be the best you can be — in every area of your life. Remember that worthwhile achievements rarely come easily. Don’t pull up the ladder — help those around you share in the wisdom you have gleaned. Keep things in perspective!
Joan Withers, businesswoman, author and professional director.
We have led the way for women in the world since 1893 ... We gave women a voice! Today our girls are suffering serious issues — anorexia, drugs, lack of self-esteem. We need to stand together ... arm in arm and support our girls! If all girls were taught how to love each other fiercely instead of how to compete and hate their bodies ... Imagine.
Annette Presley ONZM, entrepreneur, business leader/mentor for women, philanthropist.
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Hollie Smith, NZ musician.
Renee Liang, writer, playwright, poet, paediatrician.