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Powerful brigade... Organisers of a celebration of 125 years since women gained the vote (from left) Gore Historical Society vice-president Rosalie McLean, Gore Women's Club members Val Latta and Olive Sinclair, and historical society president Helen Seaton display some of the placards for the event. PHOTO: MARGARET PHILLIPS

Fun, traditional attire, re-enactments and music will combine in a celebration of 125 years since women gained the vote.

The Gore Historical Society, the Gore Women’s Club play reading circle and music circle and Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum are combining to host Sunday afternoon’s celebrations.

Gore Historical Society president Helen Seaton said historical Gore, of the time when women fought for the vote, would be depicted during the afternoon.

Women gaining the right to vote remained an emotional issue.

The themes and stories that women told 125 years ago of drunkenness and domestic violence were unfortunately still issues some women continued to struggle with, she said.

“They are still there today.”

Women were also still struggling to attain equality in another realm – that of equal pay, Mrs Seaton said.

The fight for equality was continuing.

But not all of Sunday’s programme will be themed in the past.

“At the beginning the song Imagine, by John Lennon, will be played,” Mrs Seaton said.

There would also be displays fitting to the time period.

Hokonui Pioneer Village and Museum would put on a working display of making butter the old-fashioned way with equipment it had housed in its museum.

There would be women brandishing placards and chanting for votes for women.

A poem depicting the struggle to gain women the right to vote would also be read, and a re-enactment performed.

Photographs of the present women in Parliament would also be held by a contingent of women, showing the progress since the vote was granted.

“It took 72 years for women to get the vote worldwide,” Mrs Seaton said.

Although there was a serious message behind the gathering, it would be presented in an entertaining way, she said.

The celebration will be held at the Gore RSA on Sunday, starting at 2pm.