Feminist Literature – films – Podcasts.

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There are always more books, podcast, films to add ~ Please consider this page an introduction to Gender Equality issues, feminism & feminist theory ~ not in-depth, not complete. The Weaving House will endeavour to keep adding to the list on this page.

The Weaving House donates Feminist literature to our local library & high school in Wānaka ~ if this is something you or your organisation can do ~ please do. OTHERWISE ~ please order books through your local library, this is something you can do in NZ.

By the telling & retelling of Woman’s story we weave & have Women rising ~ We have all people rising.

Feminist podcasts to listen & recordings to watch. 

From NZ…

GDP measures the wrong things. Here’s something better. | Marilyn Waring | The Unseen, Unpaid Work Economics Ignores WATCH ~ Ted Talk Christchurch.

Brazen ~ Women’s stories told by women, for everyone.Primarily a podcast with RNZ Morning Report’s Susie Ferguson interviewing women you have, and haven’t, heard of. You’ll hear and read amazing, honest, raw and above all brazen stories.

On the Rag NZListen to Alex Casey, Leonie Hayden and Michele A’Court tackle the past month in women, news and popular culture In New Zealand.

Venus Envy ~ New Zealand women on feminism.

Leah McFall and the Suffragette medal ~we turn our attention to the Suffragette medal, which was awarded to Frances Parker, a New Zealander who fought for women’s suffrage in Britain. ~ She was imprisoned several times, in harsh and difficult conditions, for joining violent protests and even attempting to burn down buildings, including the cottage of Scotland’s national poet – Robert Burns.  She went on a hunger strike in 1912 and 1914 and was subjected to force-feeding, which included physical abuse and indecent assault.

Unwrapping the Suffrage Petition ~ Gaining the vote was a battle hard won for New Zealand Women ~ Episode 1 of Beyond Kate RNZ ~ a visit to the petition, hear about the Woman whose name sits atop & looks at the lives of rural Women…

The Useful Woman ~ Episode 2 of Beyond Kate ~ explores politics, the realty of Women at the polling booths & Victorian attitudes that kept Women in the home.

Standing their ground ~ Episode 3 of Beyond Kate RNZ ~ explores property & divorce rights for Women, the age of consent & even the right for Women to wear what they want.. early social reforms still being discussed today.

 Women Should Be Seen and Heard ~ Episode 6 of Beyond Kate. RNZ ~ while we acknowledge that women deserve to have an equal place in society, that doesn’t mean that women’s voices are truly being heard.

Fighting the Same Fight ~ Episode 8 of Beyond Kate RNZ ~ Girls can do anything … or so the saying goes. But although women now work in industries previously dominated by men, they still don’t have equal footing in society. Nowhere is this clearer than in the gender pay gap, which reflects where women are really at, and how their work is perceived and valued by society.

It was just out there: a boy’s club past, a family future ~ Former Prime Minister Helen Clark and recent MP Kiri Allan spoke about how much has changed, and what is yet needed to make Parliament more inviting for women, families, and members of New Zealand’s various communities.

NZ Let’s get abortion out of the crimes act LIVE This episode features pioneer in sexual health, Dame Margaret Sparrow, and abortion law reform advocate Terry Bellamak from ALRANZ , in conversation with Amy Pearl of The Weaving House speaking about the much needed abortion law reform in NZ. Recorded LIVE from the Double Denim Headquarters in Wellington ~ with The Ace Lady Network. 

An intuitive talk we all #NZ Women should all hear – Sacha McMeeking talks Indigenous Women & Leadership

Smart Talk at the Aukland Museum Mana Wahine – radio NZ- The intricacies of feminism in New Zealand 

This great feminist speech by Jan Logie Meber of NZ Parliament on the state of Women’s representation in our nation must not go unheard –

Debbie Stoller: feminism and knitting – Debbie Stoller is the co-founder, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of BUST magazine in New York, and co-edited The BUST Guide to the New Girl Order and The BUST DIY Guide to Life. ~ In 1999, she formed a Stitch ‘n Bitch group to teach and encourage others to knit, which led to the 2003 bestseller, Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook, and four more Stitch ‘n Bitch titles.

In the Driving Seat – Not that long ago, women held all of the top-ranking positions in NZ. In this episode of the Eyewitness podcast series, we discover that this is far from the case now.

Dr Leonie Pihama Associate Professor and leading kaupapa Māori Educator and Researcher ~ Speaking for World Women 2017

Rachel Petero RISE2025 ambassador interview with Sina Wendt-Moore – an interview about the collective power of what women bring to the table.

Composing Women of Aotearoa ~ A selection of music composed by New Zealand women, recorded by RNZ Concert.

Recorded Chaired Chats NZ

Gender & EconomicEquality for Women in New Zealand: Progress & Challenges”. The discussion chaired by Helen Clark ~ Facilitated by  New Zealand Human Rights Commission ~ 10 March 2020


International listens…

Essential listen about patriarchy ~ In this essay bell hooks offers a quick introduction to patriarchy and particularly the way it affects men.

If interested in issues of incarceration & racism with a feminist perspective ~ this discussion is most informative ~ a conversation between Michelle Alexander & Angela Davis ~ the spirit of justice is strong with this Woman she leaves no room for doubt.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: ‘Patriarchy is bad for everybodyThe head of UN Women talks about feminism, why gender data matters, and the state of women’s rights today.

Mothers Of Invention is a podcast on feminist climate change solutions from (mostly) women around the world.

The Danger of a single story ~ “our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.” 

The Guilty Feminist Podcast – an award-winning podcast and live show hosted by Deborah Frances-White. We’re a supportive forum to discuss the big topics all 21st century feminists agree on, whilst confessing our “buts” – the insecurities, hypocrisies and fears that undermine our lofty principles.

Bitch media – We publish a new feminist podcast episode every week. Our hour-long show Popaganda digs deep on movies, books, TV, and media while Backtalk is a snappy conversation between two Bitch editors about the week’s pop culture. 

Women’s Media Centre Live with Robin Morgan – a podcast based in the USA with an international perspective. Always intuitive and intelligent. 

What would a Feminist Do? The Guardian – The Guardian’s Jessica Valenti brings you interviews, advice and real life stories from the front lines of feminism. She talks about everything from periods or lack there of, to cyberbullying, objectification, crafting an equal and egalitarian relationship, abortions and sex education. This is the place for women and men to share their questions and thoughts about everyday issues facing women and feminism.

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Remarks to the Fourth Women’s Conference in Beijing, China. 1995 

Brilliant Speech- Former Australian PM Julia Gillard hits back at Tony Abbott’s call for Peter Slipper to be removed as Speaker, attacking Mr Abbott as a misogynist. – 

Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Speech  

We should all be feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | TEDxEuston 

Organiser Linda Sarsour’s Speech at Women’s March on Washington – 

Everyday sexism: Laura Bates at TEDxCoventGardenWomen 

How online abuse of women has spiralled out of control | Ashley Judd

Violence against women— it’s a men’s issue: Jackson Katz

Boys will be boys | Danny Blay  ~With increasing concern over domestic violence levels in Australia he asks whether patriarchal cultures are not only failing women, but also failing men.

An excellent resource from ~ Women Deliver ~ this channel enables you to watch all the media coming from a world leading advocacy organisation for Women & girls ~ Women Deliver works to generate political commitment and financial investment for fulfilling Sustainable Development  Goal 5—reducing maternal mortality and achieving universal access to reproductive health.

Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign 2014 – Official UN Video

I’ve lived as a man & a woman – here’s what I learned | Paula Stone Williams

Unspeakable by Victoria Police ~ Understanding Sexual Crime.

Books Non Fiction & fiction ~  Modern Reads.

NZ Women Writers ~ Feminism & Feminist Issue included.

& if ever in Auckland, (or online) drop in to The Women’s Bookshop! Their purpose has always been to promote and celebrate the lives, interests and stories of women and women authors.

Mana Wahine Readers ~ “This blog is not so much a blog as it is a means by which to support the dissemination of two online resources related to Mana Wahine that have been developed with Te Kotahi Research Institute and supported by Ngā Pae o Te Māramatanga.”………. “What we have sought to provide in this collection is a range of writings on Mana Wahine from 1987 – 2019..”

Tatai Whetu: Seven Maori Women Poets in Translation ~ Edited by Maraea Rakuraku & Vana Manasiadis

Jacinda Ardern The Story Behind an Extraordinary Leader ~ Michelle Duff

Womankind: New Zealand Women Making a Difference

Women, Equality, Power : Selected speeches from a life of leadership ~ Helen Clark

That F WordGrowing Up Feminist in Aotearoa

GO GIRL is a collection of true stories about New Zealand women who have done extraordinary things.

Why Science is Sexist – Nicola Gaston

Stuff I forgot to tell My Daughter – Michele A’Court

Ettie Rout New Zealand’s Safer Sex Pioneer – Jane Tolerton

Kate Sheppard, a Biography: The Fight for Women’s Votes in New Zealand–the Life of the Woman who Led the Struggle – Judith Devaliant

A History of the New Zealand Woman – Barbara L Brooks

Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand – Alison McCulloch

Abortion Then & Now.  NZ Abortion Stories from 1940 to 1980- Margaret Sparrow.

Rough on Women. Abortion in 19th-Century – Margaret Sparrow.

Marilyn Waring: The Political Years~

Still Counting ~ Wellbeing, Women’s Work and Policy-making. Marilyn Waring

Marilyn Waring: The Political Years

A Matter of Fact ~ Talking Truth in a Post-Truth World ~ Jess Berentson-Shaw

Sea Change: Climate Politics and New Zealand ~ Bronwyn Hayward

International reads ~ Feminist books. 

Angela Davis ~ Women, Race, Class

Feminist Theory, from margin to centre ~ Bell Hooks

Sister Outsider – essays & speeches ~ Audre Lorde

Living A Feminist life ~ Sara Ahmed

F Bomb ~ dispatches from the War on Feminism ~ Lauren McKeon

Rage Becomes Her ~ The Power of Women’s Anger ~ Soraya Chemaly

Dear Ijeawele, or a feminist manifesto in 15 suggestions ~ Chimanda Ngozi Adichie

Women & Power ~ a Manifesto ~ Mary Beard

Woman’s Conscious ~ Man’s World ~ Sheila Rowbotham

Why I am Not a feminist ~ Jessa Crispin

Inferior ~ How science got Women wrong & the research that’s rewriting the story ~ Angela Saini

The War on Women & the brave ones that fight back ~ Sue Lloyd-Roberts & Sarah Morris

Daring To Drive, my life as an accidental activist in a Kingdom of men – Manal Al-Sharif

You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth: An Unauthorised Collection of Witty & Wise Quotes from the Queen of Supreme, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Betraying Big Brother: the Feminist Awakening in China -Leta Hong-Fincher

My Life on the Road – Gloria Steinem

You Can’t Touch My Hair – Phoebe Robinson

Bad Feminist – Roxanne Gay

Difficult Women ~ Roxanne Gay

Feminism is for Everybody- Bell Hooks

Delusions of Gender – Cordelia Fine

The Women’s Room – Marilyn French

Hope in the Dark – Rebecca Solinit

We Should All Be Feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Fifty Shades of Feminism – Lisa Appignasesi

The Feminist Utopia Project – Edited by Alexandra Brodsky & rachel Kauder Nalebuff

The Argonauts – Maggie Nelson

Speaking Out: A 21st-Century Handbook for Women and Girls – Tara Moss

Anything we Love Can Be Saved – Alice Walker

Yassmin’s Story by Yassmin Abdel-Magied –

Headscarves and Hymans – Mona Eltahawy

The Wife Drought – Annabel Crabbe

No to Feminism – a satire by Rebecca Shaw

The End of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism for Men – by Robert Jensen

Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood….. – Janet Mock

No Shortcuts – Jane F McAlevey

Sex Object – Jessica Valenti

Shrill: Notes from a loud Woman – Lindy West

Freedom is a Constant Struggle – Angela Davis

Feminist Fight Club – Jessica Bennett

Train wreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock Fear…. – Sady Doyle

The Beauty Myth ~ How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women By Naomi Wolf

We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement ~

Essays ~ 

An essay Gender Equality is everyone’s struggle – but also everyone’s gain by Helen Clark

“Indeed, woven through the rise of authoritarian nationalism in diverse countries around the world is a common thread – an effort to roll back the rights of women”


Books & Feminism for Kids

Rad Women Worldwide: Artists, Athletes, Pirates..Who shaped History – Kate Schatz

A Is for Activist – Innosanto Nagara

Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition – Margot Lee Shetterly

 I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark – Debbie Levy

The Gusty Girl – Caroline Paul

Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with words – Karen Leggett Abouraya

Women in Science: 50 fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World – Rachel Ignotofsky

Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls

Films & TV –

 ‘Koha’ – Whina Cooper.  The early life of Dame Whina Cooper, one of the most influential Māori leaders of the 20th century, is explored in the first episode of this two-part TVNZ profile. The inspirational leader of the 1975 Māori land march was born in Hokianga in 1897. She recalls her first protest at age 18, working with her people to improve their land (spurring them on with a whistle given to her by Sir Apirana Ngata) and becoming a pig breeder (with aid from Princess Te Puea). She also reminisces about a Tuhoe leader who gave new meaning to the idea of fiery oratory.

My Year With Helen ~ “The film conveys how tough it is to break the remaining glass ceilings. May it motivate future generations of women to keep at it!” 

Period. End of Sentence ~ The film is a documentary about the deep-rooted stigma attached to menstruation in a rural village in India. It has prevented girls and young women from staying in education, worshipping in temples, and having access to basic sanitary products.

PadMan ~ It is based on the short story “The Sanitary Man of Sacred Land” in Twinkle Khanna’s book The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad, which is inspired by the life of Arunachalam Muruganantham, a social activist from Tamil Nadu who introduced low-cost sanitary pads.

On The Basis of Sex ~ tells an inspiring and spirited true story that follows young lawyer Ruth Bader Ginsburg culminating in a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals to overturn a few centuries of gender discrimination.

Hidden Figures ~ A film about 3 African American Women who were the brains behind sending a U.S astronaut into space. It’s a film about Women, race & dreams, a film about not giving up, a film about being who you are.

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry ~ a history of the Women who founded the modern Women’s movement in the U.S – covers 1966 -1971

Miss Representation ~ Explores how mainstream media contribute to the underrepresentation of Women in Influential positions

The Punk Singer ~ Feminism & Punk Rock – Riot Girl – the life & activist of musician & cultural icon Kathleen Hanna who formed ‘Bikini Girl & pioneered the ‘riot girl movement of the 1990’s.

He Named Me Malala ~ A portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai who was targeted by the Taliban and shot on her way home from school – this is an inspiring story of a young Woman who understands our voices are our most powerful weapons.

Free The Nipple ~Based on a true story, a film that follows New York city activists fighting for Gender Equality on the streets to the courts

Iron Jawed Angels ~ Tells the story of Women in the U.S with their struggle for the right to vote 1n 1920

Suffragette ~ A film depicting the lives of the ‘foot soldiers’ of the suffragette movement in the UK, a story of Women who risked everything for the vote.

Trapped ~ A documentary on the fight to keep safe abortion services in the U.S. Exposes the policy that are put in place to remove Women’s Rights.

The Ascent of Women ~ A four-part documentary series on the history of Women written & presented by Dr Amanda Foreman with the BBC

Consent – The Louise Nicholas Story – TVNZ OnDemand ~ The Louise Nicholas Story goes behind the headlines, emotion and outrage and reveals the true tale. Made with the support of NZ on Air

What Really Happened: Votes for Women – TVNZ –

Watch & listen to a whole host of Video created by the United Nations Women – facts stories and information on the position and plight of Women around the globe. 

 NZ Women Blogs & spaces to watch. 

The Non-Plastic Maori ~ Taking out trash since forever.
Leonie Pihama ~Kaupapa Māori as Transformative Indigenous Analysis
Michéle A’Court ~ Stand up comedian, writer social commentator
NUKU ~Multimedia series featuring 100 kick-ass indigenous women: change-makers, entrepreneurs, creatives, professionals + more…
Helen Clark ~ Former NZ PM & UNDP Administrator, current & speeches.


A new Section for 2020 ~ NZ Women in Music.

NZ Live: Holly Arrowsmith ~ From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 7 Feb 2020