Kate Sheppard National Monument in Christchurch, New Zealand

May 2010 Issue

Kate Sheppard National Monument in Christchurch, New Zealand


The Kate Sheppard National Monument in Christchurch, New Zealand

One person, one vote. . . . Twenty-seven years before the United States achieved women's suffrage for the nation as a whole, New Zealand became the world's first nation to grant women the right to vote, with the passage of the Electoral Bill in 1893. Kate Sheppard (1848-1934) was the driving force behind the bill, at one point collecting signatures of more than a third of the entire female population of New Zealand on a petition to Parliament.

March's photo depicts the Kate Sheppard National Monument in Christchurch, New Zealand. The bronze relief sculpture by Margriet Windhausen was unveiled in 1993, the centenary of the bill's passage.

Three readers sent in the correct answer by the deadline, and JO ELLEN RYAN of Davis, California, won the drawing. We thank Nell McCombs of Ventura, California, for contributing the photo.

Correct answers to the puzzle were sent in by the following readers: John Fleckles, Kaneohe, HI; WINNER: Jo Ellen Ryan, Davis, CA, and Rita Vera, Corpus Christi, TX.
Kate Sheppard National Monument in Christchurch, New Zealand