Today In New Zealand History, September 13th. This series consists of approximately 365 short historical features that detail an important moment in New Zealand history; one for each day of the year.
The instalment for September 13th focuses on the election of New Zealand's first female Member of Parliament, Elizabeth McCombs. She was elected MP for Lyttelton on 13 September 1933.
New Zealand women were not given the right to be elected to parliament until an act was passed in 1919. In the same year, the British House of Commons had received its first woman member, Lady Astor.