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Kate Sheppard was the leader of the New Zealand women’s suffrage movement in the late nineteenth century. She organized no less than three separate petitions, the first two rejected in turn by the legislature. Undaunted and dedicated to the cause, she kept getting signatures on the petitions until finally the bill granting women full voting rights was passed in New Zealand in 1893. New Zealand was the first country in the world to grant women full voting rights, and it had a direct effect on sufferage struggles everywhere.
“You should stop talking to him because he’s just messing with your head. But you should continue because he’s messing with it in the best way and it makes your heart thump really hard and feel as light as air and it’s the most amazing thing - until it falls back down and hits you in the chest and you can't breathe and it feels like you just want to die because there’s no point living if you feel like this and it won't get better because he doesn’t like you and he never will. And then you talk to him and everything is ok again because he’s amazing.”—Kate Sheppard
If I ever get around to playing through Mass Effect again...
I am naming my Shepard Kate. After this other Shep(p)ard and boss of a lady:
And because NZ ladies will have had the vote for nigh on 300 years in Kate Shepards world, she will need something else to occupy her time, like saving the entirety of organic life.
She will be the paragoniest Shepard ever, wear her hair in a sensible bun, and like her namesake will probably end up having her face on some form of money(even if they have to bring back paper notes to do it).
(I cannot believe this idea never occurred to me when I played Mass Effect way back when. I mean, Kate Sheppard is my great-great-great aunt! How did I miss that?)