Fenella Stratton - What Does Suffrage 125 Mean to You?

November 14th 2018
I'm enormously grateful to live NZ, and especially under our current government. It gives me hope for our future generations.

What do you do in the Music Industry?

I co-own and run the music management & booking agency, Twice The Hype with Jaz Kapow, as well working at a number of NZ music festivals in various operational roles.

What does Suffrage 125 mean to you and what advice would you offer other women pursuing their dreams and career goals?

I remember when I learnt that New Zealand had been the first place in the world where women won the right to vote in a National Election. It was 1993 and the 100 year celebrations. I remember feeling proud that I came from a country that had made that change before anyone else but also puzzled as to why it had only been 100 years and why women had not been able to vote before that (I was 10).

I am extremely fortunate to have grown up around a number of amazing female role models, some who own successful business and others who excel in their chosen careers so hadn't realised in my younger years than it wasn't something that was the norm even 50 years earlier.

In terms of advice - Don't be put off by your family & friends if they think what you want to do is not a 'proper' job.  My father wasn't sure of my chosen career for a long time and it was actually not until he attended Rhythm and Vines' in its 10th year that he took on board what it was I was I did for a job and told me he was proud of me & the job I was doing. There will definitely be moments when you feel like giving up but remember theres always someone out there you can turn to for advice and most importantly believe in yourself.

What does New Zealand being a world leader in social change mean to you?

I'm enormously grateful to live NZ, and especially under our current government. It gives me hope for our future generations. There is still a huge amount that needs to be addressed but at least positive changes are happening because although we were the first place in the world where women won the right to vote in a general election we haven't always maintained this progress.

Examples such as the gender pay gap which had stalled in the last 10 years at around the 12% mark and now the current government has announced that that gap will be closed completely by 2020 for people working in the same role within the public sector.

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