Kate Sheppard’s work comes back to life

Minnie and Helen"We must be ourselves at all risks. For all that separates, whether of race, class, creed or sex, is inhuman, and must be overcome"

This year marks 125 years since New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the vote. And our CEO Minnie Baragwanath, along with seven other influential women, has been invited by Bauer Media and Vendetta Films to be part of a project to celebrate this incredible part of Aotearoa’s history.

Minnie and the other participants will recreate the speeches of Kate Sheppard, bringing her words to relevance in the 21st century and learning more about her life’s work and accomplishments. Each of them will be dressed in clothing from an era between the 1890s to today, and they will also have the opportunity to speak about the larger story of suffrage and representation in the modern day context and wearing modern day clothing. Vendetta Films says, "the video will democratise Sheppard’s words and reinforce how relevant they still are today."

The four-minute film will have interactive options appear throughout the video, that will allow the viewer to click through each era and learn more about what was happening in women’s history, in New Zealand and around the world, in each of the time periods represented. Each shot will be artistically styled, with backdrops and props based on each era. The film will become an online resource for educators, students, historians, and anyone interested in Kate Sheppard and women’s history.

Alongside Minnie in the video is MP Louisa Wall, businesswoman Theresa Gattung, entrepreneur Alexia Hilbertidou, activist Fatumata Bah, actress and director Miriama McDowell, former Prime Minister Helen Clark, and musician Ladi6.