Marilyn Waring

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Professor Marilyn Waring, CNZM

Aged just 23 when she was elected in 1975 to Parliament, Marilyn Waring was one of only four women MPs and she was half the average age of all MPs! 

As a young feminist, Waring was a threat to her male colleagues. She was considered revolutionary when, in 1984, after being blocked from speaking in the house on the nuclear issue, she advised the National Party leadership that she would cross the floor on the issue. Prime MInister Robert Muldoon responded by calling a Snap Election which Labour won by a landslide. 

Waring retired from politics in 1984, but has never stopped advocating for women.

This excerpt from Standing in the Sunshine looks back to the early days of Marilyn Waring’s political career. With thanks to Tom Parkinson, Sandra Coney, Liz Greenslade, Malcolm Hall and Tamalene Painting.

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Image: Screengrab: Standing in the Sunshine.

Catalogue Reference F21173

Year 1993


Director: Melanie Read
Executive Producer: Tom Parkinson

Excerpt: 0:01:19

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