the end of the March draws near, so does the end of Women’s History Month. Women’s History Month honours women who have made an impact
in their respective fields or helped in some way to better society.
In New Zealand, we have a lot of
women worth celebrating. As a nation, we have often been trailblazers and set
examples for women worldwide. “Like who?”–
you might ask, well here are a handful of amazing Kiwi ladies throughout our
Some Awesome Women in the 1800s:
- Kate Edgar became the first female to graduate
from a New Zealand University in 1877. She was also the first woman to gain a
Bachelor of Arts in the whole of the British Empire.
- Kate Sheppard was heavily
involved in the Women’s Suffrage movement and on the 19th of September 1893
women won the right to vote in New Zealand. New Zealand was the first country
in the world to give women the vote.
Some Awesome Women in the 1900s:
Batten was a New Zealand aviatrix who was
recognised globally for her record-breaking flights. In November 1935, she had become the first woman
to fly across the South Atlantic. In October 1936 she became the first person
to fly directly from England to New Zealand.
- Nancy Wake better known as the ‘white mouse’
was a New Zealander who fought in the Second World War. Wake was living in
France at the time of the war and became a resistance leader of an army of over 7,000 troops. She was on the ‘most
wanted list’ by the secret German police. Luckily she was never caught as her
code name suggests, she had a mouse like ability to dodge her enemies.
Some Awesome Women Today:
Minister Jacinda Ardern is
currently the world’s youngest female leader. She has made media waves globally
for her new style of leadership. Her focus on being kind and compassionate goes
beyond politics and is something that we can all learn from.
- Lydia Ko when she was just 17
was ranked number one in the world and became the youngest professional golfer
to achieve this status. Lydia trains for
over 35 hours a week (wow!) and is considered to be the greatest young golfer
to ever have played the game.
New Zealand has had some pretty impressive women who have graced us with their achievements. Who are some awesome women you know? Who are women that you look up to?