Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard was the leader of the New Zealand women’s suffrage movement in the late nineteenth century. She organized no less than three separate petitions, the first two rejected in turn by the legislature. Undaunted and dedicated to the cause, she kept getting signatures on the petitions until finally the bill granting women full voting rights was passed in New Zealand in 1893. New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant women full voting rights, and it had a direct effect on sufferage struggles everywhere.

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