This year is the 125 anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in New Zealand. Our country was the first in the world to allow women the right to vote.
Petition to parliament
The roles of colonial women in the 1800s included being a wife, mother, homemaker and housekeeper.
Non-violence compared to other countries
Kate Sheppard was the most prominent member of the women's suffrage movement in NZ. She was a hard worker and was able to motivate others to work towards their cause.
Kate Sheppard presented a petition to parliament, which was rolled around a broom handle.
The suffrage movement in our country was very peaceful compared to other western countries like America and the UK. This may be because NZ was a new world country, where the government was less 'stubborn' than the old world countries.
White camellia flowers were given to MPs in parliament that supported women's right to vote and red camellia flowers were presented to those against.