This Suffrage Day, September 19, we remember Kate Sheppard as a heroine of the movement. But we should also remember others who paved the way, even if they don’t have a banknote to their name.
A silent protest parade in New York City against the East St. Louis riots in 1917.
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From Emmeline Pankhurst’s Women’s Social and Political Union, to Christine Holgate and Brittany Higgins, suffragette white has a long history.
Women protested outside the White House in 1917, seeking the right to vote.
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Despite harsh, discriminatory conditions, low pay and lack of appreciation, deaf women have fought with brilliance and dedication for personal and professional recognition, including the right to vote.
Overlooked for decades, the house where the women’s suffrage campaign was launched finally becomes a public landmark.
Congress had very few women members back in 1960, and just one woman of color: Representative Patsy Mink of Hawaii.
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Mink, the first woman of color in Congress, brought a racially and historically aware brand of feminism into lawmaking and ran for president in 1972. But women’s history largely overlooks her.
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A biography about suffragist Vida Goldstein seeks to reveal her strength and endurance. Sadly, it also reveals how little progress women who seek political power on their terms have made.
These boys working in a Georgia cotton mill were photographed in 1909.
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More than a fifth of US children were working in 1900, and many Americans saw nothing wrong with that. It took decades of activism and court battles plus economic upheaval to change course.
Kate Sheppard (seated at centre) with the National Council of Women in Christchurch. 1896.
We now know how the father of New Zealand’s suffrage pioneer died, and it raises fascinating questions about what drove her morally and politically.
Fans rally for the U.S. women’s soccer team.
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A scholar explains why the players are having so much trouble with their equal pay claim.
A suffrage parade.
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In 1911, lesbians led the nation’s largest feminist organization. They promoted a diverse and inclusive women’s rights movement.
Catherine Hay Thomson went undercover as an assistant nurse for her series on conditions at Melbourne Hospital.
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A passionate crusader for the rights of women and children, Catherine Hay Thomson went undercover to investigate their treatment in public institutions and testified before a Royal Commission.
After winning the right to vote in 1893, New Zealand’s suffragists kept up the battle, but the unity found in rallying around the major cause had receded.
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New Zealand was the first nation to grant women the vote in 1893, but during the pre-war years enduring prejudice against women in politics outweighed any support for women to stand for parliament
Even working women who have partners often have to do the most work at home.
Does having children make the goal of fairly dividing work at home more elusive?
Mary Ellen Smith is seen in this undated photo.
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In 1921 and now in 2019, the respective resignations of Mary Ellen Smith from B.C. cabinet and Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from federal cabinet have exposed the limits of Canadian liberalism.
Kamala Harris wore white for a reason during her victory speech.
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Being the media-savvy women that they were, suffragists realized they needed to come up with a meaningful, recognizable brand.
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.
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.
The kind of climate action outlined by the ubiquitous climate checklists won’t be enough.
A memorial by sculptor Margriet Windhausen depicts the life-size figures of Kate Sheppard and other leaders of the Aotearoa New Zealand suffrage movement.
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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?
The third Pankhurst sister Adela (left) with fellow suffragettes Jessie and Annie Kenney in 1910.
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Emmeline Pankhurst’s youngest daughter fought for women’s right to vote, but she’s more problematic to commemorate.
More women than men were left standing after the war and pandemic.
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With many men ‘missing’ from the population in the aftermath of the 1918 flu, women stepped into public roles that hadn’t previously been open to them.