Steph and petitionIn 1894 South Australia became the first place in the world to give women both the right to vote and to stand as candidates for election. In the months before the laws were passed a petition with more than 11,000 signatures was lodged in parliament calling for the change. More than 8,000 signatures on this petition were collected by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. The petition is currently being display at the Museum of Democracy at Old Parliament House. ACL's Katherine Spackman went along recently to speak to curator Stephanie Pfennigwerth about the petition and the influence of the Women's Christian Temperance Union in this 10 minute interview. Ms Pfennigwerth has also written about the petition in this blog post.