It's International Women's Day. It's also 2017.
Which makes it the perfect time to check the temperature on which MPs classify themselves as a feminist.
Are your political representatives feminist? Do they know what it means? Watch the video to see the results for yourself.
Quick summary: Hekia Parata isn't (but kind of is). Gerry Brownlee is. Winston Peters doesn't know.
Many MPs didn't know what 'feminism' meant. For the record, in the Merriam-Webster dictionary the definition of feminism is:
- The theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes
- Organised activity on behalf of women's rights and interests
International Women's Day was originally called International Working Women's Day. It celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and the ongoing struggle for women's rights.
The day was officially recognised by the United Nations in 1975, but it had its beginnings in Europe in the early 1900s.