Welcome to the first blog of the New Zealand Women’s History Caucus!


The New Zealand Women’s History Caucus is a network of people interested in the history of women and gender and women doing history. The Caucus is loosely affiliated with the New Zealand Historical Association (http://nzha.org.nz/) .  The Caucus internationally is affiliated to the International Federation for Research in Women’s History/Federation Internationale pour la Recherche en Histoire des Femmes (http://www.ifrwh.com/) which provides an international forum for women’s history through conferences, newsletters and connections

The Caucus revives a network that was active from the late 1980s through to the early 2000s. With new interest, the New Zealand Women’s History Caucus is entering  a fresh phase with more active involvement, including regular meetings, involvement with future postgrads, continued liaison with the International Federation for Research in Women’s History (including attendance at Federation conferences held every five years), and a blog which has been set up to help foster discussion on all things women’s and gender history related.

The New Zealand Women’s History Caucus brings together people researching, studying, writing, reading and exploring women’s history from across the country and from a wide range of locations. Some are students and staff in universities, others are in public organisations including museums, libraries and galleries, others are involved in community projects, some are in government departments and local councils, others are independent, some are in business. Women’s history and women working in history are everywhere!

The Caucus meets as a group at the biennial New Zealand Historical Association Conference, most recently held in Christchurch 2-4 December 2015. The blog is a product of this meeting.

Once a month there will be a blog post- the topic anything to do with women in history. There is also a facebook page where you can also read the blog posts, post articles, ask question, and communicate with other Caucus members.


The links for these can be can be found here; The blog  https://nzwomanscaucusnetwork.wordpress.com/ and the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NZ-Womens-History-Caucus-Network-1244896385526028/

If you are on twitter use the hashtag #NZWomensHistoryCaucus

Below is a link to an article passed on to us about women in academia and how publishing of work is a male dominated field. What are your thoughts on this article- let’s start a discussion! http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jan/11/popular-history-writing-remains-a-male-preserve-publishing-study-finds?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

We look forward to the coming months of bog posts and seeing many of you and the “Making Women Visible” Conference in Dunedin in a few weeks.


Happy reading,

Hannah and Ruth.


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