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Sonja Davies to launch Suffrage Day exhibition

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Sonja Davies to launch new exhibition at Aratoi for Suffrage Day

Sonja Davies ONZ, will be the guest of honour at a special Suffrage Day launch for the exhibition Harpies and Heroines: a cartoon history of the changing roles of women in New Zealand at Aratoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History. The launch is a special fundraiser, with profits to be shared equally between Aratoi and the Sonja Davies Peace Award.

The exhibition, from the New Zealand Cartoon Archive, traces women’s lives in New Zealand as they have moved from economic dependence to emancipation and from traditional domestic confines into the forefront of society. As their roles have changed, so has the relationship between the sexes. Women have fought passionately for the betterment of their lives and of society as a whole. Along the way, they have revolutionised social attitudes in New Zealand.

Aratoi Director Tracy Puklowski says, “We are thrilled to be sharing Suffrage Day at Aratoi with such an esteemed guest of honour”. She adds that the exhibition. “…will have special resonance for women throughout the Wairarapa, where the Women’s Electoral Lobby has had such a profound influence on many lives”.

The Sonja Davies Peace Award has been established to promote women’s initiatives to advance the cause of peace, and honours the work and achievements of its namesake.

Tickets to the special Suffrage Day launch (September 19th, 5-7pm) are available from the Aratoi reception counter at a cost of $20 per head. Exhibition catalogues will be available on the evening at a special discounted rate.

The opening for Harpies and Heroines is sponsored by Trust House, and the exhibition is sponsored by The Aratoi Foundation.


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