Kate Sheppard

Kate Sheppard is usually associated first and foremost with women’s suffrage but her approach and impact was much more holistic than this suggests. In company with a group of like minded reformers – notably the Christchurch radical Liberal politician Tommy Taylor – she saw women’s suffrage as instrumental rather than an end in itself, to mobilise the active citizenship of the adult female population to play a full role in the public life of their communities.

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