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On behalf of all Kiwi's I apologise to you guys.........

orchidmanorchidman Posts: 8,435 Senior Member
...............cos if we hadn't done this, the world might have been a different place..............

It's 120 years to the day since Kiwi women first cast a vote.

New Zealand became the first country to allow universal suffrage in 1893.

Women's Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew is marking the historic date.

"Lots of people thought at the time that women wouldn't bother going out and voting even though they were allowed to, that they might cause all sorts of untidiness at the polling booths or they might be scared to go.

"But 81 per cent of those that were enrolled went out. It was amazing."

The election saw Richard Seddon - who opposed women's suffrage - re-elected.

It's 120 years since women first cast a vote - but not all is yet equal.

Back in 1893, opponents - including prime minister Richard Seddon - held doubts about women's intelligence.

Women's Affairs Minister Jo Goodhew says it's remarkable how views have changed, but there's still work to be done.

"As an MP now 120 years later I have to say I look back and I think, well have we done 120 years of hard yards since then and achieved everything we might hope we would have over that time?
"And I'm going to have to say no. There are still areas of society where women are not equally represented."

Sorry guys.......
Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....


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