Women and The Vote in NZ

Women and The Vote in NZ

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  • Colonial Women in the 1800s
  • Problems in New Zealand
  • Kate Sheppard
  • The life of colonial women living in New Zealand around the 1800s were of being a kind and obedient wife. They were expected to follow certain conditions to maintain society's view of them and were often treated miserably.
  • White and Red Camellias 
  • The problems surfacing in NZ at the time were unemployment and the growing consumption of alcohol. Women despised alcohol as it brought alcohol abuse of which would then resort to physical violence and financial hardships.
  • Petitions to Parliament
  • Kate too, despised alcohol and united with women to take it down. She became well known after having set up the Women's Suffrage Movement. As leader of the movement, she convinced for others to sign petitions, talk with politicians and spoke at meetings across NZ.
  • Non-Violence Protests 
  • White camellia flowers were used as a symbol of a suffragette. Those who supported the movement and the right for women to vote were given white camellias. Those who did not were handed red camellias.
  • After having presented over five nationwide petitions between 1888 and 1893 calling for the right for women to vote, the last petition contained of 25,000 signatures of women. It was about 270 metres long and was wrapped up in a broom. 
  • After becoming the first country to give the women to vote, NZ's protest were much safer. Other countries resorted to violence and even death. A notable suffragette is Emily Davidson who died running in front of the king's horse trying to put up a suffragette sash.
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