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Suffrage Day with a woman leader as Ardern visits Victoria University

Sep 19th, 2017 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern used suffrage day to encourage people to get out and vote.

Today marks 124 years  since the Electoral Act was signed giving  NZ women the right to vote.

New Zealand was the first self-governing country in the world to emancipate women, and Jacinda Ardern marked the occasion by visiting Wellington’s Victoria University.

She used the rally to address student and housing issues.

Ms Ardern was accompanied by Wellington Central’s Labour Candidate, Grant Robertson, who says female politicians in New Zealand still face sexism.

In the seven weeks since becoming the Labour Party leader, Adern has been asked about her plans to have a family, described as lipstick on a pig, and told she was screeching during one of the leader’s debates.

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