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suffrage ariaWomen in New Zealand were the first in the world to win the right to vote in national elections, and this country consistently rates highly in international reports on the gender gap.

A Global Gender Gap report recently published by the World Economic Forum ranks this country 7th out of 136. 

But despite significant progress over the past 120 years, women are under-represented on boards and at parliament, earn on average 13 per cent less than men, and sexual violence remains a serious problem.

Erina O'Donohue, seen right with her daughter, Aria, in front of the bust of Kate Sheppard at Parliament, examines some of the challenges still faced by women in New Zealand in 2014.

Find out more about Women, The Vote and Equality in this collection of features, interviews and stories from Radio New Zealand and Sound Archives Ngā Taonga Kōrero.