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Marilyn Waring speaks at Hastings Library 29 July

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Author and former politician Marilyn Waring will be talking at the Hastings Library on Monday, July 29 at 7pm.

Friends of Hastings District Libraries chair Richard Peach says Waring, an intelligent, witty and ardent speaker, will reflect on her career as a politician, international influencer, economist and author.

Waring was only 23 when she became an elected MP, serving through the turbulent Muldoon leadership.

From taking an anti-nuclear stance that helped bring down the government, to debating the unpaid contributions of women to the economy, Waring has always been ready to challenge assumptions.

Her book The Political Years: Marilyn Waring is an autobiographical account of her extraordinary years in parliament. Taking nine years to write, the same number of years she served in parliament, the book tells the story of her journey from being elected as a new National Party MP in a conservative rural seat to being publicly decried by the Prime Minister for her 'feminist anti-nuclear stance' that threatened to bring down his government.

"During her nine years in parliament Waring was subjected to bullying and emotional abuse that left a lasting impression and effect on her wellbeing," says Peach.

For her services to women and economics Waring was deservedly made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2008.

Her tale of life in a male-dominated and relentlessly demanding political world is both uniquely of its time and still of pressing relevance today. Tickets are available from Hastings District Libraries or online at Eventfinda.

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