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19 Sep 2018 – 28 Feb 2019
On 19 September, exactly 125 years since Aotearoa became the first self-governing country in the world to grant women the vote.
To honour Suffrage 125, Te Papa curators have initiated a special collecting project, sourcing contemporary items related to women’s rights. Recent acquisitions include a breast pump from former Green MP and writer Holly Walker, the NopeSisters T-shirt which addresses sexual abuse, a menstrual cup from MyCup, a company committed to ending period poverty, a suit worn by Dame Jenny Shipley on her first day in office as New Zealand’s first-ever female Prime Minister, and Luamanuvao Dame Winnie Laban’s puletasi (formal Sāmoan outfit) which she wore to give her maiden speech as New Zealand’s first Pacific Island female Member of Parliament.
The exhibition is located on level 3, Te Papa and will run until the end of February 2019.
There is also a range of events taking place at Te Papa around and in the lead-up to the anniversary of Suffrage 125 including:
Young Feminist Hui (free)
Saturday 15 September 10am - 5pm, Te Huinga Centre, level 3, Te Papa
In collaboration with a team of young Wellington feminists from local high schools to discuss what the feminist landscape of modern Aotearoa looks like from a variety of different perspectives.
Exhibition tours and talks - throughout October 2018
Join us for a series of curator lead tours of Te Tohe mō ngā Take Wāhine/Doing It for Themselves: Women Fight for Equality.
Kids Polling Booth (free)
Sat 24 & Sun 25 November
To mark the day that women first voted in 1893, Te Papa invites young people and their whānau to participate in a Kids’ Polling Booth, in partnership with Barbarian Productions.
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