“Do not think your single vote does not matter much. The rain that refreshes the parched ground is made up of single drops.”
So said the suffragist Kate Sheppard in urging the women of Aotearoa New Zealand to take up their newfound, and hard-won, right to vote in 1893.
It’s been 125 years since all New Zealand women were able to vote. Kate Sheppard and other suffragists like Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia and Ada Wells blazed the way for the rest of the world.
When you step into the ballot box in Aotearoa New Zealand or anywhere in the world, remember #KateSentMe.
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