Articles on Women's suffrage

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Independent Kerryn Phelps’s roll call of “decency, integrity, humanity” harked back to the women who fought hard for female enfranchisement in the early 20th century. AAP/Chris Pavlich

More than a century on, the battle fought by Australia’s suffragists is yet to be won

The early suffragists would be rolling in their graves to know that women joining the ranks of parliamentarians barely changed their male colleagues’ outlook and demeanour at all.
A memorial by sculptor Margriet Windhausen depicts the life-size figures of Kate Sheppard and other leaders of the Aotearoa New Zealand suffrage movement. Bernard Spragg/Wikimedia Commons

Why New Zealand was the first country where women won the right to vote

125 years ago today women in New Zealand were the first to win the right to vote. Why did this global first happen in a small and isolated corner of the South Pacific?
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Why feminism still matters to young people

It's been 100 years since women over 30 won the right to vote in Britain. But that didn't solve gender injustice – and young people today need feminism more than ever.
The Blyth Spartans team of 1917, including Bella Reay (front row, centre) who scored a hat-trick in the Munitionettes Cup. Yvonne Crawford

The Great War’s hidden stories reveal heroism and tragedy in equal measure

A top class female footballer and tragic young soldier who was shot for 'desertion' despite fighting in some of WW1's bloodiest battle fields are two hidden stories of The Great War.
Jazmina Cininas, Christina sleeps on both sides of Grandma’s bed, 2010. Reduction linocut 52.8 x 71.8cm.

Friday essay: the female werewolf and her shaggy suffragette sisters

From witch-hunts to the suffragettes, belief in womanly werewolfs has flourished at times when the female gender was under threat. But in contemporary fiction, film and art, werewolf lore is evolving in surprising ways.

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