An Australian suffragette goes to Korea

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Before embarking on her voyage to Korea in 1891, Belle Menzies (1856-1935), one of the first Australian missionaries, signed the Women’s Suffrage Petition to the Victorian Parliament. This act is remarkable given that church people often condemned women’s public demand for voting rights as ‘ungodly.’ Menzies’ life as a suffragist and foreign missionary captures the dynamic unfolding of the global movement of people, ideas and artefacts that connected women of disparate histories and cultures together and ultimately helped to shape modern womanhood mediated by global trends and local particularities.

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