For amateur historians and trivia collectors everywhere

Location: Masterton, New Zealand

I survived school history despite the best efforts of the education system to bore me to death. Many years later, I discovered Treaties, dates, the movement of nations, are mere context. The fascination is in the details.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Votes for Women - On 19th September 1893, New Zealand became the first self-governing nation to grant women the right to vote. Such is the national pride for this "world-leading" event, we sometimes forget that the Territory of Wyoming (1869) and the Isle of Man (1881) beat us to it. But, as it can be argued they weren't self-governing nations, New Zealand claims the credit.
Follow the local struggle in this overview, and click to the world timeline (right column) for some interesting comparisons. France? - shameful! A more detailed New Zealand story can be found on this archived page from the 100th anniversary.


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