Equal pay. Reproductive rights. Gendered violence. Body image. These are just a handful of women's rights issues that are up for discussion and interrogation in Are We There Yet? Women and Equality in Aotearoa, the essential new exhibition now on at Auckland Museum.
Part celebration, part exploration, this free exhibition comes during the year of the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in Aotearoa. This historic moment is used as a springboard to explore the trials, tribulations and successes during our ongoing quest towards gender equality. The question "How far has New Zealand really come since women gained the vote?" is at the heart of this exhibition, which captures the significance of how gender equality shapes the past, present and future of Aotearoa.
Rarely seen photography by Gil Hanly, Emily Lear and Robin Morrison hang alongside images of trailblazers and artifacts from ground-breaking demonstrations, including posters and publications from the museum's archives. While renowned New Zealand filmmaker Gaylene Preston has created a short piece especially for the exhibition. Attendees are also invited to include the women who have inspired them through In Their Own Words while a partnership with The Spinoff has resulted in Venus Envy, a podcast by Noelle McCarthy about what women really want. Episodes are available via the Auckland Museum website.
Are We There Yet is open daily between 10am until 5pm until Wednesday, 31 October.