Sue Kedgley is a Wellington writer, media trainer and director. Sue Kedgley is a writer, independent director, media trainer and consumer advocate. She is the author of eight books, the most recent being ‘Fifty Years of Feminism’ -a personal memoir being published in May 2021, which recounts the history of feminism from the early, heady days of women’s liberation, to the backlash against feminism in the 80’s and 90’s, to the more recent feminist resurgence. More about Sue
NEW BOOK: Fifty Years a Feminist
A pioneering New Zealand feminist reflects on fifty years of feminism
Sue's new book was published on14 May 2021 and is available now from Massey University Press and Unity Books.
"In this direct, energetic and focused autobiography, Kedgley tracks the development of feminism over the last five decades and its intersection with her life, describing how she went from debutante to stroppy activist, journalist, safe-food activist and Green politician. Her rich and rewarding life has included encounters with Betty Friedan, Yoko Ono, Kofi Annan, Sonja Davies and the Dalai Lama, and she has never abandoned her feminist convictions. She regrets that there is still a culture of male entitlement, sexism and double standards, and that women are still victims of violence. Even so, she argues, feminism has achieved an extraordinary amount. Fifty years ago women were a sort of underclass. Now they have entered almost every sphere of national life, even if many pay a high price for their hard-won success." Read more about the book
Unity Books and Massey University Press warmly invite you to celebrate the launch of Sue Kedgley's autobiography, 'Fifty Years a Feminist'.
Date and time:
Tue, 18 May 2021
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM NZST
57 Willis Street
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