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From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The path to parliament for New Zealand women
 

From Suffrage to a Seat in the House: The path to parliament for New Zealand women (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Coleman, Jenny

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New Zealand has always proudly worn its status of being the first country to enfranchise women. But not many know that it took a further 40 long years to get the first woman elected to Parliament. In fact women were not even entitled to stand as candidates in national elections u...ntil 1919 - 26 years after they won the right to vote in those elections. Even then there was resistance, with editor of the Auckland Star stating that it would open the way for 'a class of aggressive females who, thirsting for publicity, would be constantly pushing themselves forward into positions for which they are in no sense fitted'. The journey 'from the home to the House' was a shamefully protracted one for New Zealand women, as many male parliamentarians who grudgingly accepted the franchise being extended to women staunchly resisted any further progress. Their political machinations and filibustering were highly effective. Eventually, with an additional 130,000 voters enrolled, politicians began to realise that women's votes - and even women's voices - mattered. However, it was not until 1933 that the first woman was elected to the New Zealand Parliament, when Elizabeth McCombs won the Lyttelton seat, following the death of her husband, the sitting MP. The history of women striving to share in governing the country, a neglected footnote in the nation's electoral history, is now captured in this essential work by Jenny Coleman. She has drawn on a wide range of sources to create a rich portrayal of a rapidly evolving colonial society in which new ideas and social change were in constant friction with the status quo.
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ISBN 9781988592268
Published NZ 30 Jun 2020
Publisher Otago University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781988592268
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 7-14 working days
Publisher Otago University Press
Imprint Otago University Press
Published 30 Jun 2020
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Coleman, Jenny
Category Australasian & Pacific History
Women's Studies
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Number of Pages 338
Dimensions Width: 150mm
Height: 230mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Popular Culture & Media: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade

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