Beyond Expectations

Beyond Expectations

Fourteen New Zealand Women Write about their Lives

Beyond Expectations is currently out of print.

This book is a testament to the intense post-1970 debates that feminism created about women’s place in society.

The women who write about themselves in Beyond Expectations have all been highly successful in their various fields, as doctors and poets, politicians and businesswomen, academics and painters. All have played a role as models for New Zealand women and men to lead more fulfilled lives. This collection of frank and perceptive accounts of origins, choices and life courses has become a unique portrait of an era – and of some wonderful personalities and achievements.


Janet Paul
Diana Mason
Lauris Edmond
Mary Ronnie
Jacqueline Fahey
Dame Catherine Tizard
Fleur Adcock
Margaret Clark
Raewyn Dalziel
Katherine O'Regan
Margaret Wilson
Sue Wood
Jenny Morel
Kathie Cameron

Table of contents

Foreword, Margaret Clark
Hints of Becoming, Janet Paul
The Force of Life, Diana Mason
Where Poetry Begins, Lauris Edmond
A Scot and a New Zealander, Mary Ronnie
Painting Christchurch Red, Jacqueline Fahey
A Series of Happy Accidents, Catherine Tizard
A Lifetime of Writing, Fleur Adcock
Other Worlds, Margaret Clark
Education was the key, Raewyn Dalziel
The Thread is Politics, Katherine O'Regan
Working for Change, Margaret Wilson
Balancing Aspirations, Sue Wood
Problem Solving in Business, Jenny Morel
Born into Conflict, Kathie Cameron

Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2018
Pages: 205
ISBN: 9780868616506
ISTC: A0220120000210B3
DOI: 10.7810/9780868616506