Mary Ann Müller, now regarded as New Zealand's pioneer suffragist, arrived in the colony in 1850 with her two children, leaving a violent husband behind in England. The drastic step of fleeing far away was one of the few options available to 19th-century victims of domestic violence. Müller's personal experience led her to advocate votes for women, and to push for legal change to enable married women to retain control of their property. Before she died in 1901, she saw both goals achieved.
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