Auckland Council Libraries: Inspirational NZ women

Inspirational NZ women

These selected titles celebrate the role women have played in New Zealand’s history and led the way for future generations.

Leading the way

Megan Hutching

Historian Megan Hutching tells the story of the 1893 vote, including profiles of some of the women who brought about such a massive social upheaval by changing the minds and hearts of politicians.

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Polly Plum

Jenny Coleman

One of New Zealand's earliest feminists, Mary Ann Colclough, publicly voiced opinions by writing about the realities of their daily lives, under the name ‘Polly Plum.’ Coleman brings her life and contributions to a wider audience in this book.

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A history of New Zealand women

Barbara L. (Barbara Lesley) Brookes

This is more than an account of women in New Zealand. It is a comprehensive history of New Zealand seen through a female lens. Her lively narrative draws on a wide variety of sources to map the importance in women’s lives.

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The women's war

Deborah Montgomerie

This book tells of the changing face of women’s lives in New Zealand during the Second World War and uses many examples from real lives.

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Memé Churton

After marrying a New Zealand soldier, Memé was shocked by the curiously old-fashioned way of life she found in 1950s New Zealand. Memé's account offers rich insights into New Zealand social history and the colourful people with whom she worked.

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Ettie Rout

Jane Tolerton

Armed with a wicked sense of humour and boundless energy, Ettie Rout proved the case for safer sex decades before the term was coined. This book celebrates her internationally renowned work for waging a successful public health crusade.

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The time of our lives

Judith Anne Crews

An historical collection of stories about 10 women who were educated in New Zealand in the 1950's. The stories were created from interviews and presented with several photographs, past and present. They show how different life was for girls then.

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Anzac girls

Peter Rees

Peter Rees takes us to the hospital camps on the edge of some horrific battlefronts of human history. Profoundly moving, this story of humanity shows a group of women whose contribution to the Anzac legend has barely been recognized in our history.

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With a suitcase of saris

Our mothers and grandmothers were among the first Indian women to immigrate to New Zealand. They left the warmth of close-knit communities to journey to these isolated islands with little but a suitcase of saris. The stories here honour these women.

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Elizabeth Yates

Judith Devaliant

Over 100 years ago, Elizabeth Yates became the first lady mayor of Onehunga, Auckland, and the first elected woman in the British Empire. Her brief time at the helm reveals a significant episode in our history and the struggles for equality.

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Wanted, a beautiful barmaid

Susan (Barbara Susan) Upton

This book explores a side of New Zealand pub histories that has remained largely invisible: the women who poured the drinks. Here we find a social history of women in the liquor trade and the controls, social and legal, they had to contend with.

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Radical reformers and respectable rebels

Jocelyn Robson

Social activist Grace Oakeshott's life is revealed in this book through the reform movements of the period. Robson uses many historical sources to give us this account of one woman who lived a more adventurous and defiant life.

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