History of the United States
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Women's Suffrage

Who granted women the right to vote?



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When Governor Glasgow signed the Electoral Bill on 19 September 1893, New Zealand became the first self-governing nation in the world where women had won the right to vote. The Bill was the outcome of years of meetings in towns and cities across the country, with women often travelling considerable distances to hear lectures and speeches, pass resolutions and sign petitions. A number of petitions were presented to both Houses of Parliament from the early 1880s till 1893. Only two of these historically important documents are known to have survived and both are preserved at Archives New Zealand. The first of these was the unsuccessful 1892 women's franchise petition containing approximately 20,000 signatures. This was the culmination of many years work by the Women's Christian Temperance Movement and prominent suffragist, Kate Sheppard. Source: http://www.archives.govt.nz/exhibitions/permanentexhibitions/suffrage.php accessed in Melbourne Australia 18 April 2007 In 1869, Wyoming Territory became the first area of the United States to grant women's suffrage.