New Zealand Women 's Rights

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New Zealand women in the 19th century became part of an international movement to achieve equal rights. Women campaigners, and the men who helped them to achieve their goal, were raising the point of inequalities in marriage, education, paid employment and politics. Most of those who didn’t support in favour for women’s rights, strongly valued the differences between men and woman. A woman’s place was seen a mainly domestic one. As they were seen as the mother and homemaker, the source of love and moral guidance. Whereas men were seen to be more in charge of the public world of business and politics. It was considered the task of men to start building the new colony. At the same time, a large percentage of women strongly believed that if they had access to education and training men received. They could achieve as much as men did. Both beliefs became apparent, especially when women campaigned for change. Their argument was that their positive moral influence on general public life was needed to ensure the protection of women, children and home life, and they also asserted their right to have access to the privileges of citizenship that men enjoyed.

Starting in the 1870s, Large numbers of women started to join organisations. They were motivated by the desire for a secure home, and to acknowledge their concern about the damage done by men, caused by alcohol abuse. Many members of these organisations either belonged to Baptist, Methodist or…

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