On his round-the-world lecture tour in 1895, Twain stopped off at New Zealand, a place he seems to have liked for a number of reasons, not the least of which was that women there had the vote:
Men ought to begin to feel a sort of respect for their mothers and wives and sisters by this time. The women deserve a change of attitude like that, for they have wrought well. In [the forty-seven years since the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848] they have swept an imposingly large number of unfair laws from the statute-books of America. In that brief time these serfs have set themselves free---essentially. Men could not have done so much for themselves without bloodshed---at least they never have; and that is argument that they didn’t know how. The women have accomplished a peaceful revolution, and a very beneficent one; and yet that has not convinced the average man that they are intelligent, and have courage and energy and fortitude. It takes much to convince the average man of anything; and perhaps nothing can make him realize that he is the average woman’s inferior---yet in several important details the evidence seems to show that that is what he is. Man has ruled the human race from the beginning---but he should remember that up to the middle of the present century it was a dull world, and ignorant and stupid; but it not such a dull world now, and is growing less and less dull all the time. This is woman’s opportunity---she has had none before. I wonder where man will be in another forty-seven years?
In New Zealand law occurs this: “The word person wherever it occurs throughout the Act includes woman.”
---From Following the Equator by Mark Twain.