What year did woman first have the right to vote?
#82630. Asked by pmac41. (Jun 28 07 4:49 AM)
It is very difficult to pinpoint a year; there were many different places that allowed women to vote, but all started in different years. A lot of countries granted women votes after WW1 in 1918.|
I have found you quite a nice timeline showing various women's rights in several different countries.
When the Governor, Lord Glasgow, signed the Electoral Act into law on 19 September 1893, New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. |
As most other democracies - notably Britain and the United States - did not enfranchise women until after the First World War, women's suffrage quickly became a central element in New Zealand's image as a trail-blazing, progressive 'social laboratory' of the South Pacific.
Canada. Although influenced by both the English and the U.S. woman suffrage movements, the Canadian movement did not develop a strong national organization or resort to the militant tactics of suffragists in Britain or the United States. Women in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan won the right to vote in provincial elections in 1916. They were granted the federal franchise two years later. Women in Quebec, however, did not have the right to vote until 1940.|
**1916 would be your answer!!
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Unless otherwise indicated, the date signifies the year women were granted the right both to vote and to stand for election. |
1788 United States of America (to stand for election)
1893 New Zealand (to vote)
1907 Norway (to stand for election)*
1915 Denmark, Iceland*
1917 Canada (to vote)*, Netherlands (to stand for election)
1918 Austria, Canada (to vote)*, Estonia, Georgia1, Germany, Hungary, Ireland*, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russian Federation, United Kingdom*
1919 Belarus, Belgium (to vote)*, Luxembourg, Netherlands (to vote), New Zealand (to stand for election), Sweden*, Ukraine
1920 Albania, Canada (to stand for election)*, Czech Republic, Iceland**, Slovakia, United States of America (to vote)
1921 Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belgium (to stand for election)*, Georgia1, Sweden**
1924 Kazakhstan1, Mongolia, Saint Lucia, Tajikistan
1928 Ireland**, United Kingdom**
1929 Ecuador*, Romania*
1930 South Africa (Whites), Turkey (to vote)
1931 Chile*, Portugal*, Spain, Sri Lanka
1932 Brazil, Maldives, Thailand, Uruguay
1934 Cuba, Portugal*, Turkey (to stand for election)
1935 Myanmar (to vote)
1938 Bolivia*, Uzbekistan
1939 El Salvador (to vote)
1942 Dominican Republic
1944 Bulgaria, France, Jamaica
1968 Nauru, Swaziland
1993 Kazakhstan1, Republic of Moldova1
1994 South Africa (Blacks)
For complete list:
Wyoming (1869) and others to grant female suffrage include the Corsican Republic, the Isle of Man, the Pitcairn Islands, Franceville and Tavolara. But they were not the first independent country to grant women the right to vote, that was New Zealand.|
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