Dame Miriam Dell

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Dame Miriam Dell, ONZ DBE

Throughout her long career Dame Miriam Dell has been an advocate for women. In the 1970s she was a founder member of the Hutt Valley branch of the National Council for Women and went on to become President of both the New Zealand Council and the International Council. 

During the 1970s – the "Decade for Women" – Miriam Dell was the New Zealand Government’s delegate to the three United Nations’ conferences for women and, in 1975, she was the coordinator for International Women’s Year. 

Dell's career isn’t limited to politics and international councils. She was a botanist and secondary school teacher and, in 2013, the New Zealand Association for Women in Science created the Miriam Dell Award for excellence in science mentoring. Dell’s influence is summed up in the 1993 briefing to the Prime Minister and Cabinet when she was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit: "Her focus has been on creating the capacity for and instigating the confidence in women to freely make their own choice, use their talents, and challenge themselves".

Watch a clip from Eyewitness News as Miriam Dell summarises the achievements gained for women in the decade following International Women’s Year in 1975.

Find out more about Dame Miriam Dell: 

Read about her in this NZ Honour Recipient, Order of New Zealand, 1993, Dept of PM and Cabinet briefing.

Check out this article on RNZ about Suffrage 125: Three generations of feminists.  

Image: Screengrab from Eyewitness News courtesy of TVNZ.

Catalogue Reference TZP130088

Year 1985


Reporter: John Hart

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