Women's Suffrage

Women's Suffrage

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  • Women were expected to uphold house duties like cleaning the house and doing the dishes. It was looked down upon for a "delicate" woman to be involved in politics or do anything that is considered a man's job.
  • That is until Kate Sheppard came along! She decided that she's had enough of it and wanted to be able to have a say that would be heard. She wanted women's voices to be heard just as much as men, no less and no more.
  • Kate and women who supported her ideology started petitions and got as many people as possible to sign them. They showed these petitions to the parliament. These petitions played a big role in getting the women in New Zealand the right to vote.
  • Unlike the US and the UK, New Zealand women never had to resort to violence to get their right to vote. It was a peaceful protest. 
  • White Camellia flowers were given to the Member of the Parliament that supported the women in their pursuit of the right to vote. Red Camellia flowers were given to those who didn't 
  • New Zealand wouldn't be what it is today if not for Kate Sheppard and the sufferagettes work.
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