Timeline Of Women's Suffrage
Women's suffrage has been achieved at various times in various countries throughout the world. In many countries women's suffrage was granted before universal suffrage, so women (and men) from certain classes or races were still unable to vote, while some granted it to both sexes at the same time.
The timeline below lists years when women's suffrage was enacted in various places. In many cases the first voting took place in a subsequent year.
New Zealand in 1893 is often said to be the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. A contestant for being the first independent nation to grant women the right to vote would be Sweden, where conditional woman suffrage was granted during the age of liberty between 1718 and 1771, when taxpaying women listed in their guilds as professionals were allowed to vote
Disclaimer: This timeline reflects a vast amount of information from the women's suffrage movement throughout the globe. In many cases, countries passed various laws which progressively gave women the right to vote. Many countries may appear on the list more than once because restrictions on suffrage were only lifted slowly. This list only states the right to vote; for other rights, see Timeline of women's rights (other than voting).
Famous quotes containing the words suffrage and/or women:
“... woman was made first for her own happiness, with the absolute right to herself ... we deny that dogma of the centuries, incorporated in the codes of all nationsthat woman was made for man ...”
—National Woman Suffrage Association. As quoted in The History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 3, ch. 27, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage (1886)
“Contrary to all we hear about women and their empty-nest problem, it may be fathers more often than mothers who are pained by the childrens imminent or actual departurefathers who want to hold back the clock, to keep the children in the home for just a little longer. Repeatedly women compare their own relief to their husbands distress”
—Lillian Breslow Rubin (20th century)