‘What a difference between a fish and a woman’ (1892). This is an extract from an address given by Marion Hatton, the president of the Women’s Franchise League in Dunedin, to a meeting at Gore. Henry Smith Fish, a Member of Parliament from Dunedin, was a vocal opponent of women’s franchise.
‘So that women may receive the vote’ (1893). This is Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia’s address to the Māori parliament asking for Māori women to be allowed to vote for and become members of that body.
Read about people active in the women’s suffrage campaign (including these 20 women who worked for the vote) on the online Dictionary of New Zealand biography: Lily Atkinson, Margaret Bullock, Dolce Cabot, Elizabeth Caradus, Mary Colclough, Amey Daldy, Learmonth Dalrymple, Kate Edger, Catherine Fulton, Edith Grossmann, Marion Hatton, Christina Henderson, Jessie Mackay, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, Harriet Morison, Mary Ann Müller, Helen Nicol, Lizzie Rattray, Rachel Reynolds, Annie Schnackenberg.
Neill Atkinson, Adventures in democracy: a history of the vote in New Zealand, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 2003
Sandra Coney, Standing in the sunshine: a history of New Zealand women since they won the vote, Viking, Auckland, 1993
Caroline Daley and Melanie Nolan (eds), Suffrage and beyond: international feminist perspectives, Auckland University Press, Auckland, 1994
Judith Devaliant, Kate Sheppard: a biography, Penguin Books, Auckland, 1992
Patricia Grimshaw, Women’s suffrage in New Zealand, 2nd edn, University of Auckland Press, Auckland, 1987
Margaret Lovell-Smith (ed.), The woman question: writings by the women who won the vote, New Women’s Press, Auckland, 1992
Janet McCallum, Women in the House: Members of Parliament in New Zealand, Cape Catley, Picton, 1993
The suffragists: women who worked for the vote. Essays from the Dictionary of New Zealand biography, Bridget Williams Books/Department of Internal Affairs, Wellington, 1993. Read an adapted introduction to this book (pdf).
How to cite this page: 'Further information - women and the vote', URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/politics/womens-suffrage/further-information, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Dec-2012