Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Looking ahead to Suffrage Day

I'll be out of New Zealand for Suffrage Day this year. I'll ask my house-sitting son to mark it with a bunch of white camellias from the garden.
        You can now look up the original suffrage petition online to see if any of your forebears signed it.

Back in 1993, when the country (very ambivalently and sometimes disgracefully badly marked the centenary of women's suffrage, there was a slew of cartoons, some of them openly misogynist but others wryly commenting on how far equality still had to go. My favourite, by a veteran male cartoonist, showed a harassed looking woman trying to go out the door while her husband whined from his armchair: "So that's it, is it? I have to get my own dinner every flaming suffrage centenary!"

1 comment:

  1. My great great great aunt Elizabeth Russell Caradus was very involved in the suffrage movement, and her name is on that petition.

    Elizabeth Russell Caradus