On September 19, 1893, the (all-male) parliament of Aotearoa-New Zealand passed The Electoral Act which granted all women in this country over 21 the right to vote in general and local elections. It was the first country in the world to do so.
Amongst the many events and exhibitions commemorating this milestone is one at the Auckland Museum which reflects on how far women here have come towards equality since 1893.
I think Sandra Coney (author, historian, health campaigner and politician) said it rather well:
“… you measure women’s progress not by how women are doing at the top, but how they are doing at the bottom.”
On that basis, we’ve come a long way, but we’re not there yet.