Congratulations to Barbara Brookes on the tremendous success of her book, A History of New Zealand Women.
The book is so popular that it has already sold out, and publisher Bridget Williams Books expects more stock to arrive in late March.
In the book Brookes argues that while European men erected the political scaffolding to create a small nation, women created the infrastructure necessary for colonial society to succeed. Concepts of home, marriage and family brought by settler women, and integral to the developing state, transformed the lives of Māori women. The small scale of New Zealand society facilitated rapid change so that, by the twenty-first century, women are no longer defined by family contexts.