NUMBER 15: MARILYN WARING
In 1975 Marilyn Waring was elected to the New Zealand Parliament as the MP for Raglan. Aged just 23 and only the fifteenth woman to enter Parliament, she served through the turbulent years of Muldoon’s government, including as chair of the Public Expenditure Committee, before crossing the floor to support nuclear-free legislation which ultimately led to the fall of the National government. The Political Years is an autobiographical account of her time at the forefront of male-dominated public life and sits alongside other books including Counting for Nothing and Still Counting. The talented and determined Waring speaks with Jennifer Curtin.