Suf­frage events across the coun­try for women

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS -

Ru­ral women across the coun­try have been cel­e­brat­ing the 125th year of univer­sal suf­frage in a va­ri­ety of events.

Ru­ral Women New Zealand (RWNZ) says the 125th cel­e­bra­tion of the day women fi­nally won the right to vote is such a big mile­stone in New Zealand's his­tory that com­mem­o­ra­tion events will be held over sev­eral days.

Na­tional pres­i­dent Fiona Gower said the RWNZ Suf­frage Day cel­e­bra­tions ranged from shar­ing fam­ily sto­ries about col­lect­ing sig­na­tures on the pe­ti­tion, marches through ru­ral towns, to their in­volve­ment in the What Women Want project.

“Other events in­clude cap­sule open­ings, cel­e­bra­tions along­side other com­mu­nity groups, and screen­ings of women-cen­tric movies in­clud­ing She Shears.

“Our so­cial me­dia cam­paign in con­junc­tion with MPI show­cas­ing New Zealand's pri­mary sec­tor women is my per­sonal high­light of the Suf­frage 125 com­mem­o­ra­tions.

“Many of our mem­bers will be cel­e­brat­ing right up un­til Novem­ber 28 which is the date of the first elec­tion in which women could vote in 1893.”

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