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group photo from the 2014 planning weekend
Members of the new Auckland Organising Group on their recent trip up north, working with Ruth Renner on the new website.

WSA(NZ) moves to Auckland!

Hilary Lapsley ( is the new WSA Convenor.

A new Organising Group based in Auckland will work with the National Committee to deliver an exciting WSA year in 2014.

Auckland launch

Save the date Friday May 9th, 5.30-7pm at the Gus Fisher Gallery, 71 Shortland St for the launch of the Auckland Organising Group and our new website, celebrated by a new exhibition of feminist art from the University of Auckland art collection. Invites will appear shortly.

A double issue of the WSA Journal (27:1 and 27:2), edited by the new Waikato Journal Collective, is now online.

Membership inquiries now to the Auckland group: Gay Simpkin (

The Women's Studies Association (WSA) is a feminist organisation formed to promote radical social change through the medium of women's studies. It is a small, voluntary, non-profit organisation, independent of any institution.

We believe that a feminist perspective necessarily acknowledges oppression on the grounds of race, sexuality, class and disability, as well as gender. We acknowledge the Maori people as the tangata whenua of Aotearoa. This means we have a particular responsibility to address their oppression among our work and activities.

The main aims of the Association are:

Read about 25 years of WSA(NZ)!

Women's Studies Journal

The Women's Studies Journal is now published electronically on this website. It is also available internationally via the EBSCO literature database.

The Editorial Collective is calling for submissions for a general issue, and as well as good topic ideas and possible guest editors for special issues.

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Rosemary Seymour Awards

Each year the Women's Studies Association makes a number of small awards in memory of Rosemary Seymour, a Waikato University sociologist who was a key figure in the establishment of women's studies in New Zealand.
The deadline for applications is 31 October 2014.

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