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Kate Sheppard

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Katherine Wilson Sheppard


10 Mar 1847 – 13 Jul 1934


Kate Sheppard
New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant women the vote. Kate Sheppard, leading light of the suffrage movement, was vindicated when 65% of New Zealand women took the chance to vote in their first general election.

Events In History

19 September 1893

When the governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

This is the first sheet of the Canterbury section of the huge 1893 suffrage petition, which was signed by more than 25,000 women.