Posts tagged with Suffrage 125

Pedalling to freedom: 19th century cycling dress for women

While out on a brief waterfront expedition, my colleagues Rosie and Kate demonstrated that ‘hat hair’ is definitely a smarter option than the joys of feeling the wind in your hair. Photo: Rachael Hockridge, Te Papa.

“A woman on a bicycle – legs astride – threatened 19th-century definitions of feminine respectability.” History Curator Claire Regnault dives into the contentious history of ladies on bicycles. Frocks on Bikes I have recently become a born-again cyclist, following a 10-year hiatus. While I envisioned myself becoming part of the Frocks on Bikes movement – elegantly cycling along in a… Read more »

Te ao Māori: The synergy between women and the land

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Iwi development manager Migoto Eria looks at the relationship between Heretaunga chief Hēnare Tōmoana and his wife Ākenehi Pātoka, who signed the suffrage petition in 1893, and reflects on the synergy between wahine (women) and whenua (land). ‘…Nā te māia a tōku hoa rangatira, a Ākenehi … i mau ai ngā whenua…’ (1883)[1] ‘…Through the courage of… Read more »

The history of purple, from ancient Rome to women’s rights

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‘Ultra Violet 18-3838’ is 2018’s ‘colour of the year’, as selected by Pantone Color Institute. History curator Kirstie Ross looks at the symbolism of purple from ancient Rome to the fight for women’s rights. Ultra Violet 18-3838 ‘Ultra Violet 18-3838’ is 2018’s ‘colour of the year’, as selected by Pantone Color Institute. It more or… Read more »