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Wed 28 Feb 2018, 12:10pm–1:00pm

Where: Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

It is often said that New Zealand women ‘fought’ a battle for the vote, while their role in World War One has been largely overlooked.

New Zealand vaunts its famous first of women’s suffrage but not the firsts of the war: the first woman doctor in a British military medical unit; the first member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service; some of the first-ever OBEs and MBEs, for example.

In this talk Jane Tolerton explores how the feminist 1890s fuelled female ambition and how this was expressed in the fight for suffrage and in the 1914-1918 war. The latter included all-female Scottish Women’s Hospital units largely funded by British suffrage societies which were still waiting to get the vote.

Jane Tolerton, of Wellington, is the author of Make her Praises Heard Afar: New Zealand Women overseas in World War One, An Awfully Big Adventure, from the World War 1 Oral History Archive at the Turnbull Library and Ettie Rout: New Zealand’s safer sex pioneer.

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