Part one of two from this full length episode.
Part two of two from this full length episode.
The credits for this episode.
This edition of the 1970s current affairs show sees reporter Joe Coté investigating women in politics. A potted history of the trailblazers — from suffragist Kate Sheppard to Māori MP Whetu Tirikatene-Sullivan (first to have a baby while in office) — leads to wide-ranging conversations with contemporary women in politics. Future Christchurch mayor Vicki Buck (here a 19-year-old council candidate) and others from across the spectrum, talk about ongoing struggles for equality: education, empowerment, abortion, childcare support, and the ‘old boys’ network.
A good example [of sexism] is when the space agency said that they couldn’t have women astronauts, because in a situation of weightlessness their breasts would float around ... and distract the male astronauts.– Phillida Bunkle, Victoria University Women’s Studies lecturer
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