Overview of Chapter S: Presents the life of the leading suffragette and prohibitionist, who helped make New Zealand the first place in the world to grant women the right to vote at the national level. The chapter focuses on the role of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union, and other international organizations for women, but also investigates Māori history, Māori land rights, and parliamentary lawmaking and procedure.
1. Sheppard, like other Prohibitionists, allied with Suffragettes to try to create political change. Was this a good strategy or not? What were its advantages and disadvantages?
2. What is your interpretation of the Suratura Tea ad?
3. In what ways was the Maori experience between 1800-1920 similar to and different from that of Native Americans in the same period?
1. Sheppard believed in the power of petitions to convince politicians to act. Research a local topic, write a petition, gather signatures, and submit it to a city or county official.
2. Pick an everyday household item from the late 19th or early 20th century and design a prohibition or suffrage advertisement to associate with it.
• For an analysis exploring the consequences of New Zealand women being able to testify in court, but not serve on juries or as barristers or solicitors, see Elizabeth Bowyer, Taking the Stand: Women as Witnesses in New Zealand’s Colonial Courts c.1840-1900, [Master of Arts thesis], Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka, 2020, http://hdl.handle.net/10063/9053