Crucial dates that show the impact of feminism in Aotearoa
1971 Establishment of lobby for choice over abortion, which was illegal.
1972 Gay liberation founded by Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
1972 First steps of Equal Pay Act, enabled the elimination of gender discrimination in remuneration.
1972 Feminist magazine Broadsheet, ran until 1997.
1973 DPB set up for all parents raising dependent children without the support of a partner
1974 Committee on Women founded. 1984 became Ministry of Women’s Affairs. Purpose: advise Government on impact of policies on women.
1977 Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act passed, legalising abortion in some circumstances.
1970’s Refuges began; by 1981, there was the National Collective of Women’s Refuges, by 1984 had Government funding.
1978 Waikato University established the first academic women.
1980 Women’s Gallery opened.
1982 Domestic Protection Act provided non-molestation and non-violence orders.
1982 New Women’s Press established – first publishing company with only women authors.
1984 NZ Women’s Studies Association established.
1986 National Collective of Rape Crisis set up, which provided support for women and child survivors of rape and sexual abuse.
1988 Yellow Pencils: Contemporary Poetry by NZ Women published. Michele Leggot, ed.
1989 Sylvia Cartwright became first female Chief Justice.
1989 Where did she come from? NZ Women Novelists by Heather Roberts.
1993 New Zealand Women Artists: a survey of 150 years by Anne Kirker.
1996 Domestic Violence Act, with emphasis on safety of victims, came into force.
2001 Property Amendment Act passed, providing women with 50% of couple’s property.
2002 Paid Parental Leave Act – 12 weeks paid parental leave.
2004 Civil Union Act, recognising the union of both different and same-sex couples.