In 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to give all women the right to vote.
Since then, the country has had three female Prime Ministers, and in 2001, was the first nation where women occupied all the top roles in government at the same time.
However, once a world leader in gender equality, New Zealand has slipped to ninth place.
MiNDFOOD speaks to four different women about how they’ve forged their own individual path in a male-dominated world, but in doing so, how they’ve helped the collective fight for gender equality in the process.
Rugby player by day, police detective by night, Fiao’o Fa’amausili is known for putting her body on the line in more ways than one – inspiring future generations and protecting her community at the same time.
When New Zealand became the first country to give women the vote in 1893, our antipodean nation was way ahead of its time. But, says equality activist Vanisa Dhiru, while we have plenty to be proud of, now is not the time to be resting on our laurels as gender inequality still exists.
When a revolutionary drug turned her diagnosis from death sentence to manageable condition, Marama Mullen-Tamati found the motivation to affect change. She has since become a proud advocate for indigenous people, women, and those living with HIV.
Kathleen Liberty has helped schools implement creative, research-driven strategies to improve the wellbeing of young students suffering trauma as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes. And the results have been life-changing.
While no newcomer to acting, 18-year-old Thomasin McKenzie is quickly finding her feet in Hollywood. Acclaimed director Debra Granik’s latest film, Leave No Trace, was her big break on the silver screen. Her performance was much-lauded by critics and audiences around the globe, and more recently, McKenzie starred in fellow Kiwi’s World War II satire, Jojo Rabbit.