The main roles of being a women was to be a wife, housekeeper, mother and homemaker. Life was very structured and they didn't have much freedom and they had to do what they were told. Women were regarded as more refined and cultured than men. This made the men believe that the women would represent their society better.
In the mid 1880's the great depression hit. Unemployment and poverty became a big problem and liquor shops were open 24/7 for a whole year. Alcohol became a big part of men's lives. Many women and children suffered from this because their family members were consuming a lot of alcohol and abusing them.
Kate Sheppard came to New Zealand in the late 1860s and made New Zealand her home. She had her child Douglas William Sheppard and got married twice here in NZ. She also died in Christchurch on 13 July 1934.
We got the vote!!!!!
In 1885 Kate Sheppard joined the WCTU (Womens Christian Temperance Union) which was formed to unite women together to fight against alcohol. They made petitions and pamphlets to go against the sale of liquor. But the petitions were ignored.
After getting ignored, The Franchise Development was created and Kate Sheppard became the leader. She helped them advertise their cause in magazines and by designing petitions and pamphlets. Women were able to speak their mind through these designs. The white camellia was represented by people that were for the vote and a red camellia, for people that were against.
Vote for Women
5 petitions were made and signed and by 1893 women had the right to vote. New Zealand was also the first country to grant women the right to vote. Now women in NZ are involved in parliament and even making NZ a better place by being the Prime Minister. We are thought of as being more equal but we still aren't treated the same as men.