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The Women of New Zealand


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The first half of this book gives a vivid description of the lives of the women of New Zealand under the most rigorous pioneering conditions. The second half is a very able and witty account of the place of women in New Zealand society, and of the part played by women's organizations in the community, past and present. The whole book is marked by deep knowledge, historical judgment, imagination and literary skill.

The Women of New Zealand was first published in 1940 as one of a series of Centennial Surveys commissioned by the New Zealand government. It was at once recognized as an important contribution to New Zealand historical writing and literature and it sold out within a year. Since then copies have become collector's pieces.

This new edition has been published in response to strong public demand. It contains a postscript which surveys the position of New Zealand women during the last twenty years and a number of new illustrations specially selected by the author.


The Jacket Design Is Adapted By Janet Paul From The Drawing By William Bambridge