Independent Kerryn Phelps’s roll call of “decency, integrity, humanity” harked back to the women who fought hard for female enfranchisement in the early 20th century.
The early suffragists would be rolling in their graves to know that women joining the ranks of parliamentarians barely changed their male colleagues’ outlook and demeanour at all.
The kind of climate action outlined by the ubiquitous climate checklists won't be enough.
A memorial by sculptor Margriet Windhausen depicts the life-size figures of Kate Sheppard and other leaders of the Aotearoa New Zealand suffrage movement.
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125 years ago today women in New Zealand were the first to win the right to vote. Why did this global first happen in a small and isolated corner of the South Pacific?
The third Pankhurst sister Adela (left) with fellow suffragettes Jessie and Annie Kenney in 1910.
By Colonel Linley Blathwayt, via Wikimedia Commons
Emmeline Pankhurst's youngest daughter fought for women's right to vote, but she's more problematic to commemorate.
More women than men were left standing after the war and pandemic.
Library of Congress
With many men 'missing' from the population in the aftermath of the 1918 flu, women stepped into public roles that hadn't previously been open to them.
Ireland was quick to elect a woman member of parliament, but it's been slow going thereafter.
It's been 100 years since women over 30 won the right to vote in Britain. But that didn't solve gender injustice – and young people today need feminism more than ever.
The Blyth Spartans team of 1917, including Bella Reay (front row, centre) who scored a hat-trick in the Munitionettes Cup.
A top class female footballer and tragic young soldier who was shot for 'desertion' despite fighting in some of WW1's bloodiest battle fields are two hidden stories of The Great War.
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Not everyone won the vote in 1918, and not everyone is living their best life now.
Saudi Arabia is the most recent country to grant women the vote. Pakistan has some serious work to do. And Vatican City really needs to get with the programme.
The women's suffrage campaign shows the advantages of petitioning, even when demands are rejected.
Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia Pankhurst: a family at war with itself.
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Sylvia Pankhurst's book is the dominant narrative of the time, but was she unfair to her sister Christabel?
Members of the Grand Rapids League of Women Voters organized a city get-out-the-vote parade in 1924.
Grand Rapids Herald, Sept. 9, 1924. Image courtesy of the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Today's women's movement can succeed if organizers learn from the past.
Australia is way behind comparable countries on the marriage equality debate, thanks largely to a failure of leadership.
Historically, Australians have been leaders rather than followers on progressing social issues. But more recently, our leaders have trailed behind public opinion.
The Australian delegation to the International Woman Suffrage Alliance Congress in Rome, 1923.
National Library of Australia
The suffragists who gained women the right to vote offer a model of Australia’s role in the world that remains as important as ever.
Jazmina Cininas, Christina sleeps on both sides of Grandma’s bed, 2010. Reduction linocut 52.8 x 71.8cm.
From witch-hunts to the suffragettes, belief in womanly werewolfs has flourished at times when the female gender was under threat. But in contemporary fiction, film and art, werewolf lore is evolving in surprising ways.
Taking a knee during the national anthem isn’t risk-free in the NFL.
AP Photo/Stephen Brashear, File
Americans enjoy a right to free speech, and some public figures really exercise that right. The Constitution might not protect them the way they think it does, though.
Dublin’s General Post Office on fire after the 1916 Easter Rising.
Irish immigrants and their descendants played a leading part in the Easter Rising of 1916 and Ireland's subsequent rebellion. But the inspiration worked in the other direction as well.
Time to make room for a new face.
The announcement that Harriet Tubman will be the first woman on U.S. currency in more than a century recalls the history of female – and African-American – portrayals on money.
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About 250 women appear to have taken part in 1916's Easter Rising.