What is suffrage?

  • (noun): A legal right guaranteed by the 15th amendment to the US constitution; guaranteed to women by the 19th amendment.
    Synonyms: right to vote, vote


Suffrage, political franchise, or simply franchise, distinct from other rights to vote, is the right to vote gained through the democratic process. In English, suffrage and its synonyms are sometimes also used to mean the right to run for office (to be a candidate), but there are no established qualifying terms to distinguish between these different meanings of the term(s). The right to run for office is sometimes called (candidate) eligibility, and the combination of both rights is sometimes called full suffrage. In many other languages, the right to vote is called the active right to vote and the right to be voted for (to run for office) is called the passive right to vote. In English, these are sometimes called active suffrage and passive suffrage.

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Canadian Women's Suffrage Association
... The Canadian Women's Suffrage Association was originally called the Toronto Women's Literary Guild as a screen for suffrage activities in effect, its ... The Guild, founded in 1877, was renamed in 1883 as the Toronto Women's Suffrage Association ... It was an influential women's suffrage organization founded in part by Emily Howard Stowe, Canada's second licensed female physician, to fight for women's rights and improved working conditions ...
Suffrage - Etymology
... The word suffrage comes from Latin suffragium, meaning "vote", "political support", and the right to vote ...
Anne Dallas Dudley
... Dallas November 13, 1876 – September 13, 1955) was a prominent activist in the women's suffrage movement in the United States ... After founding the Nashville Equal Suffrage League and serving as its president, she moved up through the ranks of the movement, serving as President of the Tennessee ...
Susan B. Anthony House - See Also
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Lady Florence Dixie - Politics and Feminism
... She was a member of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, and her obituary in the Englishwoman's Review emphasized her support for the cause of women's suffrage (i.e ... In the preface to the novel, Dixie proposes not only women's suffrage, but that the two sexes should be educated together and that all professions and positions should be ...

Famous quotes containing the word suffrage:

    I would rather be known as an advocate of equal suffrage than to speak every night on the best-paying platforms in the United States and ignore it.
    Anna Howard Shaw (1847–1919)

    Having a thirteen-year-old in the family is like having a general-admission ticket to the movies, radio and TV. You get to understand that the glittering new arts of our civilization are directed to the teen-agers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall.
    Max Lerner (b. 1902)