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Today is annual Suffrage Day and the only woman on Tauranga City Council, Catherine Stewart, says it is a day to remember as bringing the female voice to the table was key. This is Catherine’s second term as a Tauranga City Councillor and in her four years as an elected member she has been the only female to be elected to the council. 

 

“Women definitely see things differently than men, so it is important to have a female voice on council. I think you need that balance in any decision making process.

“Sometimes I have to remind them I am a woman.”

For Catherine, differing perspectives between men and women have come to the fore in many council issues and she feels her experience as a mother of two and grandmother of eight has helped provide an insight into alternative options.

“Women are more intuitive than men and perhaps are more appreciative of issues like the environment when making council decisions.

“When it comes to parking in the CBD I think women have a different perspective on shopping and as a mother you have a different perspective on accessibility.”

Although it has been 118 years since women gained the right to vote in 1893, Catherine feels there is till a gender gap in the country.

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By Phillipa Yalden

 

 

19th Sep, 2011

Read full article: www.sunlive.co.nz

2011-09-22


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