Steps to Suffrage

Posted on | August 12, 2012 | 13 Comments |

New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the vote, in 1893 – something which we are quite proud of. And in the Auckland CBD we have a great big mural celebrating the centenary of Women’s Suffrage, which just happens to be next to and up an awesome set of steps on Lower Khartoum Place. And there’s a space for me!

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I have never missed an opportunity to vote. For every general and every local election, I’ve gotten out there and had my say.

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Today I vote for the right to public toplessness (which is actually legal in New Zealand, but still causes a fuss)!

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Thank you, women of New Zealand who came before me, for giving me all the opportunities I have today. You’re all awesome :)


Thanks to Hylas for photographing and Kiana for assisting!

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13 Responses to “Steps to Suffrage”

  1. Marie Rebelle
    August 12th, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

    They have started something awesome… allowing women to vote. You fit in perfectly between them! I like the contrast of their prim and proper clothing to your toplessness!

    I wish toplessness was legal in public over here too!

    Great images, as always :)

    Rebel xox

  2. Girl Uninterrupted
    August 12th, 2012 @ 11:53 pm

    New Zealand are doing it right! xx

  3. KaziGrrl
    August 13th, 2012 @ 12:59 am

    Right on!! I take the right to vote very seriously, especially knowing how hard won it was for women.

    The women look as though the were standing behind one of those huge cutouts that you can stick your face through 😉
    You make a lovely, vibrant contrast…

    ~Kazi xxx

  4. Molly
    August 13th, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    I love the contrast between your nakkie & their dated refinery. I wonder if they were alive today what they would make of the world we live now. I like to think they are would be like us, free spirited, feisty and physically confident in their female bodies.

    I am a dedicated voter like you too. Woman died so I could cast my vote, the least I can do is actually get of my bum and have my say. If you don’t vote you are choosing to not have an opinion.


  5. ~Mia~
    August 13th, 2012 @ 7:46 am

    Brilliant and informative!! Wonderful women that went before us and opened up opportunities for us now.

    ~Mia~ xx

  6. Lusting Lola
    August 13th, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    Yay New Zealand!!

  7. Jack and Jill
    August 13th, 2012 @ 3:01 pm

    Way to go New Zealand, both for the relatively early adoption of women’s suffrage and also for public toplessness! And good for you, Dee, for never failing to vote. It is a right that many either don’t appreciate or don’t make an effort to utilize properly.

  8. Ellsie
    August 13th, 2012 @ 4:40 pm

    This a great series I love the message. Power to women and to New Zealand!

  9. Carol Anne Caiafa
    August 13th, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

    All these photos are awesome… I really have a lot of admiration for you for doing these…

    But I wonder – how do you avoid being caught in such a public place??? Or do you just play up the artistic aspects in case anyone inquires?

  10. Socialkenny
    August 14th, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    I guess I pride New Zealand on that,being the 1st to grant women votership rights,but as a manly man,this comes off a bit feministic.

    Cool though nevertheless.

  11. Maya
    August 14th, 2012 @ 9:20 pm

    I appreciate those woman of New Zealand that granted voter ship rights for us today. Your blog is great Dee:)


  12. Simone
    August 15th, 2012 @ 10:51 pm

    Dee, what a wonderful post. On several levels.

  13. Dee
    August 16th, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    Rebel – It is quite the contrast, isn’t it?

    Girl U – That’s what I think!

    Molly – I hope they would continue to push the boundaries of what women are ‘allowed’ to do. Equality is still not here, even if it’s supposedly present, so it’s something we need to fight for.

    Kazi – Always gotta vote, even if the options aren’t necessarily brilliant…

    Lola – Yay New Zealand women!

    Mia – Yes indeed! We have a lot to thank them for.

    Jack and Jill – I’m inclined to agree. While voting is optional here, the numbers who choose to exercise their right are all too low.

    Ellsie – Thanks, hon!

    Carol Anne – It’s all about timing, actually. I don’t really care if there are people in the distance, but I don’t do things like this if there are people using the stairs, or about to. Having friends as spotters helps. I don’t want to be actively offensive to anyone – just have some fun!

    Kenny – There’s nothing at all wrong with being feminist, no matter what gender you are.

    Maya – Thanks Maya – that’s a lovely thing to say!

    Simone – *chuckle* I like that.

    xx Dee


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