Suf­frage 125 event at Skyc­ity

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YWCA Hamil­ton is host­ing a Suf­frage 125 Cel­e­bra­tion at Skyc­ity Hamil­ton on Septem­ber 19 to cel­e­brate the work of the woman of to­day.

The YWCA is hold­ing this event to cel­e­brate the work that women like Kate Shep­pard did 125 years ago to al­low women of to­day to not only have a vote, but to have a say in their rights as women and a voice in their com­mu­ni­ties.

The right to vote even­tu­ally led women to break out of the pa­tri­ar­chal norms that so­ci­ety had re­lied on as well as al­low­ing women to de­mand equal rights, such as equal pay in the work­force. The YWCA said Suf­frage Day is im­por­tant to com­mem­o­rate be­cause women’s rights have al­ways been seen as sec­ond class.

“Even when the orig­i­nal act was passed to al­low women to vote, the act had to state that the def­i­ni­tion of ‘per­son’ in­cluded women.

“And de­spite the tremen­dous ef­forts women’s suf­frage went to in 1893 there are still bar­ri­ers that al­low peo­ple to see women as less than peo­ple,” YWCA said.

Any­one who would like to cel­e­brate women’s right to vote and recog­nise New Zealand’s unique his­tory is wel­come to at­tend. Sec­ondary school stu­dents with ID will re­ceive a dis­counted price.

■ Tick­ets can be found at suf­frage125.

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