Story: Women’s movement

Tailoresses' votes

Tailoresses' votes

Once women had the vote, would-be members of Parliament paid attention to them. In this 1896 cartoon, those seeking election are wooing the tailoresses. The long caption reads:

Why don’t the tailoresses rise up and make a clean sweep of the vote-touters who are making such political capital at their expense? The tailoresses are not social outcasts nor are they homeless girls. They neither seek nor require charity.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: H-713-150
Cartoon by William Blomfield

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Megan Cook, 'Women’s movement - Tailoresses’ unions', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 1 February 2023)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 May 2011