In the late 1800s, women in NZ were not allowed to vote and all women did be wash clothes, cleaning, housekeeping. While their husbands would be allowed to vote and they went to work, and would come home drunk.
Non-violence compared to other countries
She was involved with charity about poverty and family difficulties caused by alcohol abuse. Since these were the only work that was acceptable for women was this. Then she joined the WCTU this was whereshe got involved in petitioning.
In her early years of work with the WCTU involved her to do petitions to Parliament. One against the sale of liquor to young children and the employment of barmaids. But the petitions were ignored. Until there was a petition for women needing to vote. In total, they presented 5 to the NZ Parliament between 1888 - 1893.
Nz was the first country to allow women to vote. Compared to other countries NZ fight was pretty peaceful as for other countries it was harsh. In other places, there would be violent actions like broken glass windows and hunger strikes.
This white flower symbolises universal suffrage in New Zealand. It can be found on Nz's 10 dollars note. The white flower was presented to the MP's who supported women getting the right to vote in 1893. However, a red Camellia flower was presented to the MP's who were against it.
Thousands of women signed the petition. When it was shown to the the Nz Parliament it was when they gained victory and Nz became the first country to allow women to vote!