Rosemary Du Plessis has held teaching and research roles at the University of Canterbury since 1974. She co-edited important feminist texts and helped establish the university’s Feminist Studies programme.
She was Commissioner – Social and Human Sciences at the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO and a member of the Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand, the Ministry of Women’s Affairs Advisory Committee, and the National Advisory Committee on the Employment of Women.
She co-convened the National Council of Women of New Zealand’s Public Issues Standing Committee. She chaired the ‘Who Gets Born’ policy document working group for Tai te Taiao: The Bioethics Council.
Rosemary Du Plessis was a National Committee member of the Women’s Studies Association and Board member of the New Horizons for Women Trust.