|Ref: 7-A12543, A cartoon by Ashley Hunter on Women's Vote, 30 Sept 1893, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: 7-A12353, women voting at the Drill Hall in Rutland St, Auckland, 1899, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
However, compared to the rest of the world, NZ was very progressive. In most self governing countries around the world including Britain and the United States, women had to wait until after First World War to get the right to vote.
During WW1, the British suffragettes stopped demonstrating and focused on the war effort. They made significant contributions to the war, which had the affect of gaining public support. In 1918, women over 30 gained the right to vote. The age restriction wasn't lowered until 1928, when it was changed to 21, the same voting age as men. Changes within government were slow and it wasn't until 1979, that trade union leader Margaret G. Bondfield, became the first female cabinet member. That year also, Margaret Thatcher became the first female Prime Minister of Great Britain.
The images below from Heritage Images database, show some of the the struggles that the British suffragettes went through in London, during the early 20th century.
|Ref: AWNS-19081210-6-5, suffragette cavalry in London, 10 December 1908, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19090211-2-1, the release of the suffragette leaders Mrs and Miss Pankhurst from Holloway Goal, London, 11 February 1909, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19100908-9-2, NZers inc. Dr Alice Burn and Lady Stout share in a great suffragette demonstration at Hyde Park, London, 8 September 1910, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19120418-11-2, suffragettes outside the Bow St Station, London, 1912, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19140416-48-6, suffragettes 'entrenched' on the doorstep of Sir Edward Carson's London home, 16 April 1914, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19140611-39-2, Suffragette Week in London, Irish ladies taking part in a procession through Piccadilly, London, 11 June 1914, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19140702-46-1, London suffragette holding onto the railings outside Buckingham Palace, London, 2 July 1914, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19140716-54-6, the ruins of the parish church at Wargrave-on-Thames, England after a fire on 1 June 1914. A quantity of suffragette cards were found close by, 16 July 1914, Sir George Grey Special Collections|
|Ref: AWNS-19140723-51-1, Miss Sylvia Pankhurst leaving the suffragette headquarters, London,, 23 July 1914, Sir George Grey Special Collections|