Janet Roth is the daughter of Bert and Margaret. She has an older brother, Martin who lives in Melbourne.
As at 2002, Roth was a factory worker in Auckland and lived at the same address as Mike Tucker.
While at high school in the early 1970s Roth became active in socialist & women's liberation movements. She was involved in a women's group opposed to the Vietnam involvement and was member of several early feminist groups incl Auck Women's Liberation & the Woman's National Abortion Action Campaign.
University of Auckland
In 1973 Roth was one of 6 Young Socialist members elected to the University of Auckland Student Representative Council. From 1973 - 1979, she was the leader of University of Auckland Feminists.
On 8 March 1974, as a member of the Socialist Action League, Roth addressed the international women's day forum, organised by University of Auckland Young Socialists. On May 10 - 11, 1974, she spoke at Young Socialists educational conference on "how women can win their rights" at Victoria University.
On Jan. 21, 1983, Roth wrote article for SA on abortion
"Attacks on Choice" Event
On 23 July, 2010, Janet Roth, Communist League and Toni Haraldsen, Campus Feminist Collective attended a meeting organised by the Campus Feminist Collective at the University of Auckland which was entitled “Attacks on Choice". Speaking at the event was Tom Baumann, a leader of the Young Socialists from the United States. The following stated that they intended to attend the event: Zannii Anderscum, Caroline Fergusson, Gabrielle Ch-, Soraiya Daud, Nicole Maree Wallace, Miriam Williams, Natasha Lewis, Juliet Thomborson, Matthew Goode, Tove Partington, Toni Haraldsen.