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Standing in the Sunshine - Work

Television (Full Length) – 1993

Four-part series Standing in the Sunshine charted the journey of Kiwi women over a century from September 1893, when New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. This third episode, directed by Melanie Rodriga, looks at women over a century of work — plus education, equal pay, family, art, and Māori life. Interviews are mixed with archive material – including a mid-80s 'girls can do anything' promotion – and reenactments of quotes by Kiwi feminist pioneers. Writer Sandra Coney also authored a tie-in book for the series.

There is a feeling in many firms that unless you're working all hours that God gives then you're not a very good lawyer.
– Dame Silvia Cartwright

Produced by

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Isambard Productions


Made with the assistant of the 1993 Suffrage Centennial Year Trust


Music written and performed by Jan Preston