Massey University has released a list of contenders for 2015’s Quote of the Year, and the lack of quotes by women was noted in this article by Alex Casey in The Spinoff: Are New Zealand’s Quotes of the Year Really All By Men?
This seems odd. There are heaps of top quotes from New Zealand women writers this year:
Paula Morris at the On belonging WORD Christchurch session.
People think when you’re a writer and you haven’t written a novel for ten years that you’re just lying around eating bon bons all day.
Fiona Farrell (at the Imaginary Cities WORD Christchurch session)
I find great poignancy & loveliness in our constant attempt to make life better.
Margaret Wilson is eminently quotable – here are some from her WORD Christchurch session on the struggle for sovereignty:
The economy is not an end in itself.
Dairy farmers will be sold out in the interests of getting a political agreement.
Media is owned by people who don’t give a stuff about the media.
At the Auckland Writers Festival, Aroha Harris said:
History is one of the most powerful colonizing tools available. Especially if you are writing it from your point of view as a hero.
For all you lovers of words, see also the splendiferous annual wordup Public Address word of the year.