Chronography of Women�s Voting Rights

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17 May 2005, Kuwaiti women were granted the right to vote.

2003, Omani women were allowed to vote.

2 February 1986, Women voted for the first time in Liechtenstein. They were given the vote in 1984.

1974, Women in Jordan received the vote.

7 February 1971, Swiss men voted in favour of women being allowed to vote in federal elections and to stand for Parliament. See 1 February 1959.

September 1969, The males of the Canton of Schaffhausen rejected votes for women.

1964, Women in Kenya received the vote.

1 February 1959. Swiss referendum turned down votes for women.But see 7 February 1971.

5 May 1958, Women in Tunisia were allowed to vote in municipal elections for the first time,

1 December 1957, Women in Colombia voted for the first time,

27 February 1956, Women in Egypt received the vote.

1952, Women in Mexico received the vote.

1950, Women in Costa Rica received the vote.

1949, Women in China and India received the vote

1945, Women in France and Italy received the vote.

1945, Women in Japan received the vote. They voted for the first time on 3 May 1947.

1944, Jamaica gave women the vote.

21 April1944, In France, women got equal voting rights with men.

1937, The Philippines gave women the vote.

1 September 1935. Mexico announced it would give women workers the vote.

1934, Brazil gave women the vote.

6 December 1934, Turkey gave universal suffrage to all men and women over 21. This was part of a general �Westernisation� of the country.

1932, Women in Spain and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) received the vote.

24 March 1931, The Japanese House of Peers, a second time, blocked legislation granting women the right to vote.

19 May 1930. In South Africa, European women were given the vote. However Black people of either sex were still disenfranchised.

2 July 1928, In Britain women aged 21 and over got the vote, equalising the age of suffrage with men. This had not happened on 6 February 1918 as women, after the First World War, outnumbered men and there were fears that a specifically women�s Partuy wpould emerge and dominate politics. By 1928 it was clear that this would not happen.

13 November 1923, In Italy, Mussolini introduced a Bill giving women the vote.

3 June 1923, In Italy, Mussolini approved a Bill giving women the vote.

1922, Ireland gave women the vote.

1921, Sweden introduced universal suffrage, with the voting age lowered from 24 to 23.

19 July 1921, Lily Atkinson, New Zealand suffragist, died aged 55.

1920, Canada introduced universal suffrage, with a voting age of 21.

26 August 1920. Under the 19th Amendment, women received the vote in the USA.

2 June 1920, Delaware rejected the 19th Amendment giving women the vote. The Delaware Senate voted 24 to 10 againstthe amendment. Delaware finally ratified on 6 March 1923, more than two years after the amendment had become part of the constitution.

1919, Women got the vote inPoland, Sweden, Czechoslovakia, and the Weimar Republic (Germany)

30 November 1919, Women were allowed to vote for the first time in French elections.

19 September 1919, Women got the vote inThe Netherlands. The first woman to be elected to Parliament there was in 1946.

4 June 1919, US Congress approved the 19th Amendment, giving women the right toi vote.

8 May 1919, The constitution of Luxembourg was amended to extend universal suffrage to all citizens over age 21, regardless of sex. This amendment came into force on May 15.

1918, Women in Germany received the vote. Michigan, South Dakota and Oklahoma gave women the vote.

6 February 1918. Married women in Britain aged over 30 got the vote, as did all men over 21, under the Representation of the People Act. See 14 December 1918.

10 January 1918, In Britain the House of Lords approved the Representation of the People Bill, giving women the vote. In Washington the House of Representatives also voted in favour of suffrage for women.

1917, Russia gave women the vote, as did Armenia, Azerbaijan and Estonia.

27 October 1917, 20,000 women marched in new York demanding the vote. On 6 November 1917 New York State gave women the vote.

25 October 1917, US President Wilson effectively endorsed the female suffrage campaign by turning up to address a group of women demanding this right in New York State.

1915, King Christian X of Denmark (1870-1947, King 1912-47) signed a new constitution giving women the vote.

23 October 1915, Around 30,000 women marched along 5th Avenue, New York, demanding the right to vote.

1914, Women gotr equal voting rights in Iceland.

29 June 1913. Women got equal voting rights with men in Norway.

6 May 1913, In the UK, the House of Commons rejected a Bill to give women the vote.

5 November 1912, Women gained the vote in the US States of Arizona, Kansas and Wisconsin.

1911, Women recieved the vote in California.

30 April1911. Women got the vote in Portugal.

4 April1911, Massachusetts refused to give women the right to vote.

18 November 1910, Black Friday, when 119 suffragettes stotmed the House of Commons. Mrs Mary Clarke, sister of Emmeline Pankhurst, and Cecelia Wolsey Haig both died as a result of this incident, The enxt day Winston Churchill ordered that charges against 100 women from this episode be dropped.

14 June 1907, Norway gave women the vote (General Elections).

1 November 1907, The first women councillors were elected in England, in local elections.

1906, In Britain, the term �suffragette� was coined to describe women campaigning for the vote.

7/1906, Hungary introduced a universal suffrage Bill.

7 March 1906. Finland extended suffrage to all tax paying men and women aged over 24.

28 November 1905. Austria gained universal suffrage.

2 February 1904, Christabel Pankhurst entered the Free Trade Hall in Manchester where Liberal MP Winston Churchill was due to speak. She called for an amendment on women�s suffrage, and was ejected.

10 October 1903. Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst formed the Women�s Social and Political Union to fight for female emancipation in Britain.�Deeds not Words� was the motto of the new group, after efforts to persuade some MPs to back Parliamentary reform bore no fruit.

26 September 1903, Connecticut gave women the vote in State elections.

1902, Women got the vote in Australia.

25 May 1901, Norway granted the right to vote to women, but only those who were taxpayers.

1895, Women got the vote in South Australia.

28 November 1893, Women first voted in New Zealand, at the General Election, see 19 September 1893.

19 September 1893. New Zealand became the first country to allow women the vote. The Women�s Christian Temperance Union had been pressing for this for 8 years, and had presented three petitions to the House of Representatives. Each time the number of signatures rose, until a record 31,872 names swayed the House. Despite an unscrupulous liquor lobby, the WCTU won and intended to press for women�s votes in other countries.See 28 November 1893.

1881, Unmarried women with property got the vote on the Isle of Man.

18 November 1872, US suffragette Susan B Anthony was arrested for trying to vote in a US election.

1870, In the UK, the Women�s Suffrage Journal was founded.

1870, Utah granted full suffrage to women,

10 December 1869. Wyoming became the first USA State to grant women the vote (in local elections).

1867, The National Society for Women�s Suffrage was cofounded in the UK by Lydia Becker.

1856, Women got the vote on Norfolk Island.

1853, A petition to enfranchise women was presented to the Massachusetts Government.

1838, Women got the vote on Pitcairn Island.

1755, Women got the vote in the Corsican Republic,


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