Story: Gender inequalities

Marching girls, judging men

Marching began in the 1930s, and was a women's sport from the start. This 1949 film clip shows national championships held in particularly bad Wellington weather. Although all the competitors were women, the judges were men – this was standard for women's sports at the time, and would remain so for decades to come.

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Reference: Weekly Review 396. National Film Unit, 1949

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Anne Else, 'Gender inequalities - Sport', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 August 2022)

Story by Anne Else, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 20 Jun 2018