Analyzing the gender politics in New Zealand, this account explores feminism, women's voting and representation, and areas of conflict and cooperation. Key questions are answered, such as What has happened to the New Zealand women's movement since the 1970s? How has the national voting system changed women's participation in politics, and how involved with the political process are younger generations of women? And how equal are men and women in modern central and local government, the workplace, the media, and the home? Comparing New Zealand with both the United Kingdom and Germany, this thought-provoking history is a useful reflection on the position of women in New Zealand society after a period of extensive social and political change.
Kate McMillan is a former guest scholar at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at the University of California-San Diego and a senior lecturer in comparative politics at Victoria University-Wellington, New Zealand. John Leslie is a lecturer in political science at Victoria University-Wellington, New Zealand and the university's representative on the executive board of the New Zealand European Union Centers Network. Elizabeth McLeay is a professor in comparative politics at Victoria University-Wellington, New Zealand. A former director of the Housing Corporation of New Zealand and deputy dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences, she is the cofounder of the New Zealand Politics Research Group.