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Becky Bliss - Broom With a View

15 - 29 September 2018


The series ‘Broom with a view’ considers the politics of domestic life and feminism at a time when 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of women’s suffrage in New Zealand. 


“A petition urging that New Zealand women should have the vote was circulated on paper sheets throughout New Zealand. The sheets were returned to Christchurch where suffragist Kate Sheppard pasted each sheet end on end and rolled it around a section of broom handle. The resulting roll contained nearly 24,000 signatures.”

[Taken from a plaque at Parliament Buildings, Wellington].


This petition (along with others) was subsequently presented to Parliament.


On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.  As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.


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