TODAY IN HISTORY
1893 First woman mayor in British Empire elected
By winning the Onehunga mayoralty, Elizabeth Yates struck another blow for female rights the day after the first general election in which women could vote.
KIWI OF THE WEEK
Elizabeth Yates was elected mayor of Onehunga on 29 November 1893, becoming the first woman in the British Empire to hold the office.
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Women's Suffrage Petition
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