Women's Suffrage in New Zealand

Patricia Grimshaw

‘ . . . the authoritative account of what must surely rank as a major event in New Zealand's history.’
– Anne Else, New Zealand Listener

The definitive account of the New Zealand suffrage movement, Women's Suffrage in New Zealand remains the only study of how New Zealand became the first country in the world to give women the vote. It tells the fascinating story of the courage and the determination of the early New Zealand feminists led by the remarkable Kate Sheppard, whose ideas and attitudes still resonate today.


The historian Patricia Grimshaw has enjoyed a long and distinguished academic career. Having completed her education in New Zealand, she joined the Department of History at the University of Melbourne in the late 1970s, where she is now a professorial fellow. She is the author of several books and many articles and has served on editorial committees for various academic journals.


March 1972, 250 x 150 mm, 172 pages, illustrations
Hardback, ISBN 9781869400217