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A landmark publication highlighting the achievements and diversity of the women of New Zealand.

A landmark book of profiles and portraits celebrating the successes and diversity of New Zealand women across many spheres – politics, arts, science, community development, business innovation and health.
These leaders share their views on what it’s like to be a woman in New Zealand today: the contributions they are most proud of, challenges they have faced and still face, dreams they have and goals for the role of New Zealand women. The range of women covers diverse fields, ages and ethnic backgrounds – from household names like Jacinda Ardern and Helen Clark, Malvina Major and Portia Woodman, to unsung heroines of the suburbs – a Kiwi Samoan scientist, the first Indian-born female police officer, and a maker of coffins!
These more than 50 New Zealand women have set out to make a difference in the world, whether that be on a global stage, or in their local communities.


This book is simply stunning! The photography is vivid and clear, the stories are amazing and inspirational. They are testimonies of women who have lived their lives with creativity, boldness, tenacity and dedication in their areas of society. A truly unmissable timely book.

Kapiti News

Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    March 5, 2019


    248 pages

    RRP $65.00

    Online retailers

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    • Whitcoulls
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Marianne Elliott

Researcher and storyteller

We think we write the stories but, in a significant way, the stories write us. It’s the discovery of this that has, in its turn, shaped the career of social justice activist Marianne Elliott. Aptly, to illustrate this, she tells a story taken from the most recent stage of her career. Just retired from ActionStation, the digital activist platform she helped establish in 2014, she’s setting up a new research organisation, a ‘think-and-do-tank’, called The Workshop.

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