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Politician Mabel Howard

Politician Mabel Howard

Labour Member of Parliament Mabel Howard had strong ties with the working-class Sydenham electorate, which she represented from 1946 to 1969. She was an advocate for consumers, and is often remembered for waving two differing ‘OS’ (oversize or extra large) pairs of women’s bloomers in Parliament in 1954. Her aim was to show the importance of having standard clothing sizes.

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John Wilson, 'Canterbury places - South Christchurch', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 September 2021)

Story by John Wilson, reviewed & revised 6 Jul 2015, updated 17 Aug 2015