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Congratulations to WSA(NZ) member Ruth Busch on her appointment to the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours, 2019, for services to domestic violence prevention and the State. See the citation.


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Roll on the Revolution...but not till after Xmas!

Selected feminist writing by Margot Roth

New publication from the Women's Studies Association/Pae Akoranga Wāhine

"Funny, with a sharp eye for the absurd, Margot speaks to us from 'down among the women'". Sandra Coney

Margot Roth, writer, columnist and feminist activist, began writing newspaper columns in the 1940s as a journalist and freelanced for parenting, peace and political magazines.

She contributed feminist columns to Broadsheet magazine in the 1980s and 1990s and her column has appeared regularly in the Women's Studies Association (NZ) Newsletter since 1984.

The Margot Collective, a group of her fans, has selected extracts from over seventy years of Margot's feminist writing, which show vividly and humorously that many of the issues she raised many decades ago are still issues for women today.

Order your copy now from The Women's Bookshop ($24.99 RRP)

Margot Roth, founding editor of the Women's Studies Journal, passed away in Melbourne aged 97 on 3 October 2018. Read Margot's Obituary.

New Book from Rosemary Seymour Award Winner

No Country for Old Maids?
Talking About the 'Man Drought'

Hannah August

In 2013, there were over 66,000 more women between the ages of 25-49 living in New Zealand than there were men. This so-called 'man drought' is a hot topic for journalists and academics alike, who comment on how the situation might affect New Zealand women's chances of finding love. Yet they rarely stop to ask more than a handful of women whether they're actually bothered by this lack of men.

In this BWB Text, Hannah August does just that, integrating interview material, statistics and cultural commentary in order to demonstrate why we need to talk differently about the 'man drought'.

Author information

Hannah August is a writer, editor and researcher based in Wellington. She has written for publications such as the Times Literary Supplement and Metro. She has a PhD from King's College London and has been a Commonwealth Scholar, a Fellow of the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women, and was last year's recipient of CLNZ/NZSA Stout Centre Research Grant.

Available from all bookstores and as an e-book from Bridget Williams Books