Any of you post-luddites out there remember Broadsheet?
Broadsheet soon became the central voice of feminist politics in New Zealand. It initially focused on issues such as sexual stereotyping, prejudice, exploitation and discrimination, but before long specific matters such as rape and woman-beating began to appear as common themes. In 1973, reflecting rising awareness about violence towards women, the first of what became a network of women’s refuges was established, which was consolidated under the National Collective of Independent Women’s Refuges in 1981.
Feminists writing included Anne Else, Donna Awatere, Ripeka Evans, Lisa Sabbage, Pat Rosier, Miriam Saphira, Christine Dann, amongst many, many others. In 1992 twenty years of Broadsheet were celebrated, with the publication of a collection of outstanding articles edited by Pat Rosier.
Broadsheet is important enough to feminists and New Zealand history to be archived by the Auckland Women’s Centre, referenced in Te Ara, New Zealand’s online encyclopedia as important to social change in Aotearoa in the 1970s, and timelined by the Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
Now, there’s a campaign to get it digitised – and make it forever available to all. Since the magazines are now collectors items, this seems like a good idea to me.
Every vote counts – if you want to see New Zealand’s feminist heritage preserved, get yourself over to DigitalNZ now.