Meri Te Tai Mangakahia.
Happy international women’s day. To know what my ancestors have done to contribute to bettering the human race gives me motivation and passion to also contribute in my own way. .
The following excerpt was taken from Teara.gov.nz .
On 18 May 1893 the Speaker of the lower house of the Kotahitanga parliament introduced a motion from Meri Mangakahia, requesting that women be given the right to participate in the selection of members. It was suggested that she come into the house to explain her motion, and later that day she addressed the parliament – the first woman recorded to have done so.
She requested not only that Maori women be given the vote, but that they be eligible to sit in the Maori parliament, thus going a step further than the contemporary aims of the European suffrage movement. She argued on the grounds that many Maori women owned and administered their own lands, either because they had no male relatives or because the women were more competent. She claimed that although chiefs had appealed to Queen Victoria over Maori problems, Maori women had received no advantage from these appeals, and suggested that the Queen might more readily respond to representations by women. - 11 days ago