Kate Sheppard: Leading with Elegance
In Kate Sheppard of Christchurch, the New Zealand women’s suffrage movement found a formidable leader.
Kate Sheppard, centre, was a formidable leader for the women's suffrage movement. Image courtest of MacMillan Brown Library.
Sheppard’s intelligence, her skill as a public speaker, her fierce work ethic and even her impeccable sense of style were all important elements in the movement’s success.
To celebrate 125 years since New Zealand women gained the right to vote, the Museum will display objects illustrating the attributes that made Kate Sheppard such an effective campaigner.
Kate Sheppard: Leading with Elegance features one of Sheppard’s dresses, a commemorative silk letter gifted to her by the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and a copy of the Union’s famous pamphlet – authored by Sheppard – Ten Reasons why the Women of New Zealand should Vote.
These items will be displayed in the Museum’s foyer for Beca Heritage Week, 12 to 22 October, and until 30 November.