The Auckland Museum now has the most incredible exhibition exploring gender equality in New Zealand. If you haven’t seen it yet you must! There were so many photos, stories and quotes from strong wahine and I loved reading everything they had to say.
Are We There Yet? — Women and Equality in Aotearoa exhibit marks 125 years of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. It shows you just how far we’ve come since New Zealand became the first country to give women the vote.
We absolutely need to keep advocating for gender equality! This exhibit couldn’t have come at the better time with the #metoo movement in full force. While some of the pieces are scary, disheartening and downright sad – it’s the conversations we’re starting from being confronted by it all.
There were sections of intersectional feminism, body image, reproductive rights, sexual abuse and online trolling which were addressed and plenty of interactive exhibits. The one I loved the most was an extremely sad but beautiful piece exploring body image. Women are encouraged to write a compliment, place it in the box and take a compliment from someone earlier. I cried when I read this, and realised how deeply upset it made me.
Some of my exhibit highlights were taking the time to read a wall covered in hundreds of messages from visitors who had written their own unique message about feminism. What feminism meant to them, and things they wanted to happen in the future.
The statistics and data added were absolutely heartbreaking, but by putting this information out in the open – starts conversations.
I loved how many men, women and children were attending – feminism is for everyone. I cried, I giggled and I felt completely angry. There were so many emotions wrapped up into one visit and I had to come home and write this blog immediately.
You can catch Are We There Yet? from July 6th to 31st October 2018. Set aside a good hour and a half for this, you’ll want to completely immerse yourself.
Are we there yet? Hell no… but we CAN be.