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New Zealand's first elected female politician was woman of remarkable tenacity and courage who endured abuse from her fellow councilors and members of the public, mainly because of her gender. The media helped propel her to international celebrity status as the subject of sensational headlines. Elizabeth Yates served just one year as Mayor of Onehunga in 1894 but her legacy is seen in the increasing numbers of women entering local and national politics in the New Zealand of the 1990s.
Decades ahead of her time (the country did not get its second woman mayor for another 63 years), Elizabeth disavowed feminist banners and claimed she simply wanted to be a good manager in the conduct of the council's business. In this first biography of "the first lady major in the British Empire" author Judith Devaliant provides a fascinating account of the circus atmosphere which developed around the Onehunga Borough Council meetings during Elizabeth's tenure of office, and of the tactics she used to defend herself.
This first title in the New Zealand Lives series is not only an engaging portrait of a principled pioneer but a vivid picture of political life in the country in the last years of the 19th century. The New Zealand Lives series features significant men and women from many fields and historical periods. These short biographies are authoritative yet accessible - useful for everyone interested in the colorful panorama of Aotearoa's unique tapestry.
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Judith Devaliant was born in Dunedin and grew up in an all-female household. She was educated in Lawrence, Invercargill and Dunedin, graduating from Otago University in 1960 with an M.A. Honours in History. A working holiday in Britain ended with marriage to Lionel, who was a London policeman and is now deputy principal at an Auckland school. Their four daughters are pursuing their own careers in Auckland and Japan.
Judith worked as a reference librarian before resigning to become a fulltime writer. Her first book, Kate Sheppard; A Biography (Penguin) was written for Suffrage Year in 1993. She is continuing her research on Kate Sheppard and other women of that period.
She is a keen gardener who enjoys walks along Auckland's beaches and some gentle tramping.
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Book Description 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. 1st. Paperback. Over 100 years ago, Elizabeth Yates became the first elected lady mayor in the British Empire. She was the mayor of Onehunga, Auckland, and her brief but full and colourful period at the h.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 160 pages. 0.230. Seller Inventory # 9780908988068
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Book Description 1996. Paperback. Condition: New. 1st. Paperback. Over 100 years ago, Elizabeth Yates became the first elected lady mayor in the British Empire. She was the mayor of Onehunga, Auckland, and her brief but full and colourful pe.Shipping may be from our Sydney, NSW warehouse or from our UK or US warehouse, depending on stock availability. 160 pages. 0.230. Seller Inventory # 9780908988068