Women's Suffrage Movement

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In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the right to vote, this made them leaders in the women’s suffrage movement. This is an historical event that is of significance to New Zealanders when the bill was passed and continues to impact New Zealanders now. Prior to 1893 there were many issues which women faced that significantly impacted the quality of their lives and their families, especially their children.

As a result of industrialism in New Zealand families were beginning to earn more. They were beginning to hire servants to assist in their homes leaving women with fewer traditional household chores that they had to complete. These included educating the children, because they were now being sent to school, cleaning and cooking. Women were able to work and had more free time now, this meant that they were able to discuss the issues which were present in society. Due to this many women began to consider the idea of campaigning with this extra time for women’s suffrage – the right to vote. Women believed that in order for moral and social reform to occur in New Zealand society and to purify New Zealand’s politics it was vital for women to have the right to vote. Prior to women receiving the right to vote there were many issues present in New Zealand. These issues encouraged women to fight for this basic right for eight years.1

Women wanted the right to vote to ensure that they had a voice in politics because before the vote they had no
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