Many of those who supported women’s suffrage believed that politics, like a dirty boy, would be cleaned up by women’s firm hand once the franchise was extended. In this 1893 cartoon, the moustachioed lad is wearing a badge saying ‘MHR’ (member of the House of Representatives) while being scrubbed with water from a bucket labelled ‘woman’s vote’.
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Manatū Taonga – Ministry for Culture and Heritage, History Group
Reference: New Zealand Graphic, 18 November 1893
Cartoon by Ashley Hunter
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