By Mick Jensen
A new photographic exhibition at Ashburton Museum offers an insight into local women working in what are considered non-traditional roles.
“Women Power – Freedom For Change” offers a glimpse at how women today are still making history and enjoying more freedom in the workplace.
The photographic exhibition runs until November and has received close to $7000 of funding from the Ministry for Women’s Suffrage 125 Community Fund.
The photos have been taken by Ashburton photographer Emmily Harmer, who snapped the women over 12 months.
From hundreds of photos taken, 15 large-framed photographs, 13 black and white and two colour, have been chosen for the display in the Kate & Hank Murney Room.
They feature women aged from their late teens through to their early 60s and include a butcher, a joiner, truck driver, mechanic, heavy roller driver and farm manager.
One of the subjects is Ashburton’s first female mayor Donna Favel.
Emmily Harmer said she had met the women at their workplaces and had spent time building a rapport.
The women were still making history today and were involved with jobs that had strictly been for men in the past, she said.
Ashburton Museum director Tanya Robinson said the Women Power exhibition showed “just how far women had come” since the days of suffrage.
They were an inspiration to others, both females and males.
Each photograph has a biography alongside, which tells the subject’s story.
The photographic exhibition runs alongside other historic displays at the museum, set up to celebrate the 125 years since women in New Zealand received the vote.