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Voting Rights for Women - when did it happen?

The right for women to vote happened at different times in the 19th and 20th Century.
The first places to allow voting were:
  • In 1881 the Isle of Man was the first national parliament to give women the vote in a general election.
  • New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which ALL women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections in 1893.
  • In 1902, Australia became the first country in the world to give most women the right to vote and the right to stand for the commonwealth parliament.
  • In 1906, the Finnish Parliament - Suomen Eduskunta - became the first in the world to allow ALL women to run for office.

Did You Know?

Although Australia was seen as a pioneer of women's political rights, there was a gap of 41 years between the eligibility of women to stand for the national legislature & their actual election to it.


Other Countries - Votes for All Women