Monday, November 16, 2015

Et al knowing

There's currently a really interesting and important display on level 2 of Auckland Central City Library, giving a detailed and engaging summary of Aotearoa/New Zealand's contraception history and abortion debate.

It's a subject area I covered in my Dundee International Book Prize finalist novel Some Things the English, so I was very interested to read about the developments, and lack of them, in the law and archives.

I was pleased to see the reproduction of some of the Broadsheet magazine illustrations, having only become aware of this amazing and influential publication during my co-editorship on the Three Words Aotearoa/NZ women's comics and cartoons anthology (to be published by Beatnik very soon).

There's also an accompanying blog - the most comprehensive and readable research resource I've seen on this topic - at Auckland Libraries' Heritage & Research site "Heritage et AL".



Lori said...

"Clinic or knitting needles?". . . Wow, when you think of what women had to do throughout history to achieve some sort of control over their lives.

Kass said...

Congratulations for being part of this publication (Three Words) and for being willing to be vocal about your beliefs.

Rachel Fenton said...

Lori, it's astounding how little control over our lives women have been afforded throughout history.

Rachel Fenton said...

Kass, thank you! (I'm about to post about Three Words!) It's important to keep using our voice, not only to air our beliefs, but to nsure others always have the opportunity open to them. Rights are so easily lost.