Thursday, 9 July 2015

Family making history

When visiting New Zealand's parliament buildings today my mother came across the name of her great grandmother Harriet Sophia Cobb (Lt John Wesley Cobb's mother) and some other relatives in the booklet of names recording the 1893 national petition requesting women have the right to vote. The Suffrage Petition 1893 contains the names of around 25 000 women, 21 years or older, from all parts of New Zealand, who wish to be given the right to vote. This amounted to about one quarter of the population on women in New Zealand at the time of 21 years of age or above. As a result of this petition, New Zealand became the first country in the world to allow women the right to vote. 

It is good to know that I have family members who championed a good cause, which gives me the rights I have today. 

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