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401 hitherto unknown to me as to so many other New Zealanders who were brought up on English history at school. We knew more about the activities of the suffragettes, the militant wing of the English suffrage movement, than we did about the lengthy campaign for women’s franchise in New Zealand, led by Kate Sheppard … it seemed tragic that a woman who was so well known in her own time should have been so largely forgotten. (Devaliant, 1992, pp. 3–4) The resurgence of feminist activism, together with its theory and history wing, the appearance of the biography, and the centenary of suffrage which inspired and part-funded much feminist history and other writing, mean that Sheppard is now a household name. During the 1980s and 1990s a feminist bookshop and a street have come to bear her name, while a memorial was among the suffrage projects. But many of the reforms she advocated remain to be implemented and many of the economic ideas she espoused are as fresh and necessary as they were in her day. PRUE HYMAN Bibliography Selected writings by Kate Sheppard (1892), ‘Economics’, Canterbury Times, 15 December, p. 6; reprinted in Lovell-Smith (1992), pp. 106–9. (1899), ‘Economic Independence of Married Women’, reprinted with an introduction by Tessa Malcolm, 1989 in Women’s Studies Journal, 5(1), 3–24. (1903), ‘Editorial’ in White Ribbon, February, pp. 6–7. Other sources and references Devaliant, J. (1992), Kate Sheppard – A Biography: The Fight for Women’s Votes in New Zealand – The...
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