Skiting about our fiercely feminist great-grandmother
It’s just over 100 years since Ada Wells became the first woman ever elected to the Christchurch City Council. And what an uproar she caused! A beautiful, brave, bossy, bloody difficult woman. My five sisters and I are proud to be of her tribe.
A short article that catches the flavour of her life: All About Ada
12 thoughts on “Skiting about our fiercely feminist great-grandmother”
Great woman she must have been! I was the first woman elected to the East Pilbara Shire in Western Australia!
Good for you! What year was that, Rainee? They had to wait a lot longer.
It was in the early 1990’s Rachel. It is a pastoral and mining area with some Indigenous communities as well. Very blokey territory!
I bet! What a revolution!
Omg that’s fantastic! What a woman to be proud of, & descended from ❤
She was a hero. Boots and all.
What a woman. It’s people like Ada that we must thank for the freedoms that we now take for granted.
They have to be fought for again and again, I fear
First, I have to thank you for skiting, a word I’d not seen, despite being an avid reader since the age of 6. I had to look it up; at nearly 70, learning a new word still gives me joy. Second, thank you for sharing the link to the story of your remarkable great-grandmother. What a smart, courageous, determined soul she was. I imagine her grandchildren and great-grandchildren are equally tenacious and outspoken where cause demands. I certainly hope so!
Yes, I enjoyed writing “skiting” which is a word way out of date even here. Ada was remarkable indeed, and she’s a hard act to follow!
Ah, so the word fit the woman AND the times! Love that.
I guess so! We used it as children…