Suffrage 125: Dame Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark

Suffrage 125: Dame Jenny Shipley and Helen Clark

125 years ago, New Zealand passed the Electoral Act 1893 and thereby became the first self-governing nation to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. This landmark legislation followed years of courageous and persistent effort, injecting suffrage campaigns worldwide with hope and momentum.

Since then, women have held each of New Zealand’s key constitutional positions: Prime Minister, Governor-General, Speaker of the House, Attorney-General and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The 2017 general election saw a record number of women elected to Parliament. Today, the idea that women should not vote is unthinkable. However, suffrage was merely a stepping stone – albeit a significant one – for the greater vision of equality that we can hope to achieve in our lifetime.

The Public Policy Club from the University of Auckland is proud to share that we are bringing Jenny Shipley, Helen Clark, Chlöe Swarbrick, and Louisa Wall together to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage. Over the evening, we will hear their reflections on lessons they have learnt during their time in office, and where they think the challenges that lie ahead are.

We would like to thank Chorus, Anthem, and Spark for making this event possible.

– PPC members presale open (Monday 6 August)
– General admission tickets for University of Auckland students open (Thursday 9 August at 12pm)
– Get tickets here:

– Presale is only open to PPC members who signed up before the 6th of August.
– General admission tickets will only be available for current University of Auckland students. The event is not open to the public at this stage. A valid UOA student ID and ticket will be required for entry on the day.

– $5 for PPC members
– $10 for other University of Auckland students (with a free PPC membership)

Your ticket includes free drinks and nibbles, provided after the event.

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