Story: Women’s movement

Communist women

As in New Zealand’s Labour and National political parties, women were a minority in the Communist party. Among the half-dozen women in this photograph of the 1948 conference were Connie Birchfield (back row, fourth from right), Rona Bailey (second row, far right), Connie Purdue (second row, sixth from left) and Rita Smith (second row, seventh from right). They were active in many of the campaigns for women's rights.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, William Hall Raine Collection (PAColl-3071)
Reference: PAColl-4920-2-01
Photograph by William Hall Raine

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

Megan Cook, 'Women’s movement - The mid-20th century', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 October 2021)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011