Sunday, March 8, 2009

Women with Altitude

The weather was stunning for our celebration of International Women's Day. The brief was simple enough: climb to the top of Harbour Cone on the Otago Peninsula (it's steeper than it looks), leave a bouquet of red roses there to honour the struggles and successes of women past, present and future, then come back down and have a picnic. Because it's not always a picnic.

There were some laughs as we compared notes about our different nicknames for the appropriately breast-shaped distinctive landmark of Harbour Cone. I've always called it 'Nipple Hill', and wasn't surprised to hear a popular name is 'Tit Mountain'.

Not every one made it all the way up to the summit, but for those who couldn't manage the climb, or weren't able to join us on the day, watch this space for the link to the you tube video.

Amanda was the youngest climber - first up, and the first to arrive back - running - at the picnic site.

Then she had to wait for the others to meander down the track.
Fortunately there was a picturesque historical stone wall to sit on.

There was plenty of wine. Jackie and Heather raised a toast with a fizzy pink drink.

There were the obligatory photo sessions.

We had a very pleasant picnic - and later as happens, a group of us sat around and talked politics. Well of course we would get serious, being stroppy Labour women. The topic of the moment was pay equity. There were some wise and wonderful women at this gathering, including the first woman Member of Parliament to be elected in Dunedin South, to seasoned activists and union organisers, to one of the first women professors in NZ.

A great day. And not until we were packing up did the weather completely turn to custard!


Steelykc said...

What a fantastic walk. We had a wonderful day bonded with wine, food and great conversation.

Celtic Cream said...

What a great day you all had. And of course we would have good weather. It was a women's day. Pay parity even within professions and women to women is going to be all the more difficult this year but in aged care the Registered Nurses are lagging well behind all other nurses now.