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Bearing witness, again, Louise Wareham Leonard

That F word: Growing Up Feminist in Aotearoa Lizzie Marvelly HarperCollins, $35.00, ISBN 9781775541127 There was an Empress of Austria named Elisabeth – many called her Sissi – a beauty and horsewoman and wife of Franz Joseph, and she was…
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How we got to where we are today, Michele A’Court

Risking Their Lives: New Zealand Abortion Stories 1900-1939 Margaret Sparrow Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781776561636 Dear Len, I am afraid my boy friend is just another dirty rotten Aussie. I don’t think he ever had any intention of doing…
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Bustling energy, Kate Hunter

Make Her Praises Heard Afar: New Zealand Women Overseas in World War One Jane Tolerton Booklovers Press, $60.00, ISBN 9780473399658 As many scholars have observed, it is very difficult to write a history of women and war. Not only is…
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Getting the archive to the people, Matariki Williams

He Reo Wāhine: Māori Women’s Voices from the Nineteenth Century Lachy Paterson and Angela Wanhalla Auckland University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9781869408664 This book is weighty with expectation, what unfolds within its covers being immediately problematised by the title, He Reo…
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Making women visible, Katie Pickles

A History of New Zealand Women Barbara Brookes Bridget Williams Books, $70.00, ISBN 9780908321452 Locating women in history is difficult. New Zealand women are present through the occasional mention in books, official records and newspaper stories but, because they were…
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Tipping points, Sylvan Thomson

First Lady – From Boyhood to Womanhood: The Incredible Story of New Zealand’s Sex-change Pioneer  Liz Roberts with Alison Mau Upstart Press, $40.00, ISBN 9781927262375 Sexual Cultures in Aotearoa New Zealand Education Alexandra C Gunn and Lee A Smith (eds)…
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Lessons from history, Bronwyn Labrum

Rough on Women: Abortion in 19th Century New Zealand Margaret Sparrow Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864739360 Someone I follow on Twitter reported that a friend of hers had no idea that abortion is yet to be decriminalised in New…
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Grogzone, Charlotte Macdonald

Wanted, a Beautiful Barmaid: Women Behind the Bar in New Zealand, 1830-1976 Susan Upton Victoria University Press, $50.00, ISBN 9780864738943 Conrad Bollinger famously dubbed New Zealand “Grog’s Own Country”. It was 1957. Bollinger was writing under the dark cloud of…
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A bit of fluff, Anne Else

A Woman’s Place Redmer Yska Penguin Books, $20.00, ISBN 97840143568087 A Woman’s Place is a small book in every sense. Penguin’s web page classes it as both “humour” and “gift book”. Though it does have pages and a cover, it…
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Survivor stories, Christine Dann

Abortion Then and Now: New Zealand Abortion Stories from 1940 to 1980 Margaret Sparrow Victoria University Press, $40.00, ISBN 9780864736321   It was estimated in the early 20th century that a quarter of all maternal deaths in New Zealand were…
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