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Women's Studies Association (NZ)/Pae Akoranga Wāhine

Kia ora and welcome to the Women's Studies Association of Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Our aim is to promote women's studies by encouraging feminist research and scholarship, promoting women's studies courses and events, preserving feminist heritage and sharing the work of our members through publications, events and conferences.

As a feminist organisation, our commitment is to women's studies making an impact by reducing gender-based inequalities and leading to positive changes for women.

We acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitangi as foundational to our work and we encourage diversity in our organisation and in women's studies.

See more about WSA(NZ) in About Us.

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The Women's Studies Journal Graduate Prize for a Feminist Essay in 2017

The editorial collective of the Women's Studies Journal, in association with the Women's Studies Association of Aotearoa New Zealand, is pleased to invite entries to the third annual Women's Studies Journal Graduate Prize for a Feminist Essay. The theme for the 2017 award is Intersectional feminisms: New agendas for theory and activism.

We welcome submissions from graduate students in any discipline who wish to submit an original essay of 4,000-5,000 words addressing this theme. The closing date for submissions is 1 July 2017.
The award comprises formal acknowledgement from the Women's Studies Association, a $500 cash prize, and consideration for publication in the Women's Studies Journal. Submission guidelines are available on the Women's Studies Journal Submissions page.

Please see the call for papers.

Any queries, and submissions, should be sent to the WSJ editorial collective at


SAVE THE DATE: 2018 Women's Studies Association/ Pae Akoranga Wāhine (WSA/PAW) Conference

Feminist Engagements in Aotearoa: 125 Years of Suffrage and Beyond

Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington/Te Whare Wānanga o Te Ūpoko o Te Ika a Māui

Dates: Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd September, 2018

Location: Rutherford House, Victoria University Pipitea Campus, Wellington, New Zealand


To mark 40 years of WSA/PAW conferences and 125 years of women's suffrage in Aotearoa/New Zealand, our 2018 conference aims to further promote feminist scholarship and activism. The conference will be an opportunity to advance current feminist engagements, while acknowledging and understanding the challenges of the past. We are committed to supporting many perspectives including those of Māori, Pasifika, Tauiwi, Pakeha and ethnic minority women.

This conference will provide a forum for enduring feminist concerns including gendered violence, equal pay, reproduction, race, ethnicity, sexuality and class. It will also provide an opportunity to consider contemporary perspectives that emphasise intersectionality including issues around environmental sustainability, new reproductive technologies, transgender and women's rights in work places.

This two and a half day conference is part of a longer conversation in New Zealand about women's rights and feminist activism in the community and academia.

Further information: Conference submissions and registration will occur through the Stout Centre, Victoria University of Wellington; details of that web address will be publicised later and there will be directions to it from the WSA/PAW website.

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Roll on the Revolution...but not till after Xmas!

Selected feminist writing by Margot Roth

New publication from the Women's Studies Association/Pae Akoranga Wāhine

"Funny, with a sharp eye for the absurd, Margot speaks to us from 'down among the women'". Sandra Coney

Margot Roth, writer, columnist and feminist activist, began writing newspaper columns in the 1940s as a journalist and freelanced for parenting, peace and political magazines.

She contributed feminist columns to Broadsheet magazine in the 1980s and 1990s and her column has appeared regularly in the Women's Studies Association (NZ) Newsletter since 1984.

Now 95 and living in Melbourne, she continues to entertain her readers from across the Tasman with her own brand of wit and wisdom.

The Margot Collective, a group of her fans, has selected extracts from over seventy years of Margot's feminist writing, which show vividly and humorously that many of the issues she raised many decades ago are still issues for women today.

Margot bids everyone a nice day, but says she has other plans. Enjoy!

Order your copy now from The Women's Bookshop ($24.99 RRP)

Roll on the Revolution will be launched in Melbourne on July 28th, Wellington August 11th and Auckland September 2nd. Contact for an invite.