This photo is epic.
Three years after the vote was won in 1893, a convention of representatives of 11 women’s groups from throughout New Zealand resolved itself into the National Council of Women (NCW). When the leaders of New Zealand’s women’s movement gathered in Christchurch on 13 April 1896 it was a world first – a national meeting of women who could vote in parliamentary elections. They had exercised that right in the 1893 general election; now it was time to consider ways to bring about further equality between women and men. Key members pictured here include Wilhelmina Sherriff Bain, Annie Schnackenberg, Kate Sheppard, Margaret Sievwright and Anna Stout. It really seriously has a serious number of iconic NZ women. Google them.
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With a stroke of the pen, women in Aotearoa New Zealand would change their lives forever by signing the suffrage petition. they signed the petition's 546 sheets with a cross, a flourish or a light hand. Kate Sheppard, leader of the suffrage campaign, sent the sheets all around the country. Most canvassers walked around neighbourhoods but some rode miles on bicycles. All together an estimated 32,000 signatures were collected. Kate pasted the returned sheets together into one long roll, winding it around a broom handle. When presented at Parliament, the scroll was rolled out along the central aisle of the debating chamber to its full 274 metres.
Why on earth isn't there a photo of that? #invisiblestories