Ru­ral women cel­e­brat­ing the strug­gle 125 years on

Waipa Post - - News -

Ru­ral women across the coun­try have been cel­e­brat­ing the 125th year of uni­ver­sal suf­frage in a va­ri­ety of events ac­cord­ing to Ru­ral Women New Zealand.

“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 to be held over sev­eral days,” says na­tional pres­i­dent Fiona Gower.

“RWNZ Suf­frage Day cel­e­bra­tions ranged from shar­ing fam­ily sto­ries about col­lect­ing sig­na­tures on the pe­ti­tion, marches through ru­ral towns, to our in­volve­ment in the ‘What Women Want’ project.

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

“Our so­cial me­dia cam­paign in con­junc­tion with the Min­istry of Pri­mary In­dus­tries 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 28 Novem­ber, which is the date of the first elec­tion in which women could vote in 1893,” says Fiona.

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