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International Women's Day
Highlighting Christchurch's female leaders as examples of our pioneering spirit.
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Christchurch, a city of pioneering women

International Women’s Day is on Friday 8 March. We wanted to highlight our city’s female leaders as examples of our pioneering spirit.

Christchurch and its people have always pushed the boundaries and broken the mould, with few better examples than the pioneering women who shaped us, our city, and the world.

While it’s easy now to say women can achieve anything, suffragette Kate Sheppard, perhaps our most well-known woman, came up against protests and personalised vendettas, even posters pinned to front doors telling her and her suffragettes to stay away.

Our first European women and their families sought a new life in a far-flung place, eventually trekking the Bridle Path to their new home. A shelter sits at the top of the path, acknowledging their hardships.

No doubt these women would be proud to see their city leading the charge of innovation and thinking, much of it led by women.