The Women’s Christian Temperance Union was formed in 1885, Kate Sheppard being the founding member. The union was created for the protection of the family. Its slogan : “For God and Home and Humanity”.
In the late 1800s it was assumed that women would favour prohibition for economic reasons. Keeping husbands, fathers etc out of pubs would reduce physical suffering and allow women and children more money for staples like food, shoes and clothing. It was said that women were ruled by emotions with superior moral issues –the shrieking sisterhood was mentioned- where men were, apparently, more rational.
1893 saw women barred from holding liquor licences although those closely related to the licence holders were exempt. A new law came into force in 1910 banning any new barmaids. It was said that the ‘innocents’ had to be protected from the evils of drink and barmaids tempted men into their establishments. A cartoon from 1906 depicts a barmaid and a group of men who utter “Why not make plainness and age compulsory. ‘What oh! Boys let’s get out of this quick. The beer’s sour in this bar”Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post