The Women's Suffrage Petition, 1893
In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world with universal suffrage: all New Zealand women now had the right to vote.
This achievement owed much to an extraordinary document: the 1893 Women's Suffrage Petition. Over 270 metres long, with the signatures of some 24,000 women (and at least twenty men), the Suffrage Petition represents the culmination of many years of campaigning by suffragists, led by Kate Sheppard, and women throughout the country.
This book tells the story of the Women's Suffrage Petition through the lives of over 150 women who signed; alongside is the narrative of the campaign for women's suffrage.
Published in conjunction with Archives New Zealand and Bridget Williams Books.
- Print publication: May 2017
- Pages: 100
- ISBN: 9781988533087