Women in History

Essays on European Women in New Zealand

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Pages: 202

RRP: $0.00

ISBN: 9780868616100

ISTC: A022012000021491

DOI: 10.7810/9780868616100

Out of print.

When Women in History was first published in 1986, research into women’s history was still in its infancy. This, the first of two volumes of essays, brings together groundbreaking studies covering: attitudes to women’s sexuality; prostitution; poverty and charitable aid; why women won the vote; feminism in the 1870s; abortion and birth control debates in the 1930s; changes in childbirth; and the education of girls.

Today the editors of this book are all leaders in their academic fields, as are many of the contributors. The essays remain cogent and fascinating, for students, researchers and general readers alike.


1. Prescribers and Rebels: Attitudes to European Women's Sexuality in New Zealand, 1860–1916 – Andrée Lévesque
2. The 'Social Evil': Prostitution and the Passage of the Contagious Diseases Act (1869) – Charlotte Macdonald
3. 'Brazen-faced Beggars of the Female Sex': Women and the Charitable Aid System, 1880–1920 – Margaret Tennant
4. The Colonial Helpmeet: Women's role and the vote in nineteenth-century New Zealand – Raewyn Dalziel
5. What's wrong with Emma? The feminist debate in colonial Auckland – Judith Elphick Malone
6. National Directions: The New Zealand movement for sexual differentiation in education during the early twentieth century – Margaret Tennant
7. 'Don't let down the side': Physical education in the curriculum for New Zealand schoolgirls 1900–1945 – Ruth Fry
8. Reproductive Rights: The debate over abortions and birth control in the 1930s – Barbara Brookes
9. Mortality in Childbirth: In the 1920s and 1930s – Philippa Mein Smith
10. Women and Nationality: Feminist organisations in the inter-war period – Dorothy Page

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