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Kate Sheppard

Suffragette Kate Sheppard

Profession: Suffragette

New Zealand
New Zealand

Biography: The most prominent member of the New Zealand Women's Suffrage movement. Her efforts in leading the call for suffrage at the head of the Temperance Union led to New Zealand becoming the first country in the world to grant women the vote in 1893.

Her work has had a considerable impact on women's suffrage movements in several other countries.

Sheppard's achievements are commemorated with her depiction on the New Zealand ten-dollar note.

Born: March 10, 1847
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: July 13, 1934 (aged 87)

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Married Life

  • 1871-07-21 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (24) weds general merchant Walter Allen Sheppard in Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 1925-08-25 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (78) weds printer and author William Sidney Lovell-Smith (72) in Christchurch, New Zealand

Historical Events

  • 1893-07-28 A petition organised by Kate Sheppard, demanding women's suffrage, is delivered to New Zealand's parliament; signed by over 25,000 women, a 5th of the adult European female population

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