Thursday, May 26, 2005

Women's Suffrage Update

Kuwait’s Parliament granted full voting rights women last week, a surprising reversal: two weeks earlier, a similar measure was defeated.
Women’s suffrage has been entwined with other struggles. Canadian women won the right to vote in 1917 — except for native Americans. They (and native men) were denied the vote until 1960. Likewise, Australia gave most women the vote in 1902, but its aboriginal population had to wait six more decades.

New Zealand led the way with universal suffrage in 1893.

Here is a timeline showing when some countries — from democracies to dictatorships — granted women the vote, and some others that have yet to do so.


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