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15 November 2017

The latest issue of BLKONBLK sees us continue our journey of celebrating diversity.

We can do this! And have been able to for a longtime. New Zealand has a long, proud history of backing women into positions of power and taking up their call for action on all manner of issues.

When the New Zealand Governor General, Lord Glasgow signed a new electoral act on Sept 10, 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the right to an equal vote. This was largely due to a great New Zealand woman called Kate Sheppard (03/13/1847- 13/09/1934) who was globally recognised and in turn revered as the leader of the Women’s Suffrage Movement.

Little did current New Zealand’s 40th Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern know the pertinence of this to her rallying election campaign call some 150 years later; ‘We Can Do This!’ At just 37 years-old she is the country’s youngest Prime Minister since 1856. Black Magazine have a history of celebrating women. Many of our crew and teams are women, leading, not following. 

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