There was no single path to women getting the right to vote. Each nation has its own story that is filled with thousands of people who fought for equality. To get a perspective of how long it took, here are some dates of when women got the right to vote in all elections within various countries. Sometimes, it was only women of privilege or a certain race or above a certain age that could vote but as time went on, voting rights became more inclusive of all women and the eligibility age became the same as male voters. Regardless of when or how it happened, the women of today owe a great debt to those who fought for women’s suffrage. The SuffragetteCity100 project was created as a “thank you” to them and to everyone who continues to fight for equality. 

1893: New Zealand
1902: Australia (Indigenous people could not vote until 1962.)
1906: Finland
1913: Norway
1915: Denmark; Iceland 
1917: Russia; Canada (Indigenous people could not vote until 1960.)
1918: Poland; Germany; Austria; Britain (Ireland was not included.)
1919: Afghanistan; Netherlands 
1920: United States (Many Indigenous people and Blacks were excluded until the 1960s)
1921: Sweden
1928: Ireland
1930: South Africa (Blacks were excluded until 1990)
1931: Spain
1932: Brazil; Thailand
1934: Turkey; Cuba
1944: France
1945: Italy; Japan
1947: Argentina, Pakistan, India; China
1952: Greece
1953: Mexico
1954: Columbia
1955: Honduras
1956: Egypt
1957: Malaysia; Zimbabwe
1962: Algeria, Bahamas
1963: Iran; Morocco
1964: Libya
1967: Ecuador
1971: Switzerland
1972: Bangladesh
1974: Jordan
1976: Portugal
1980: Iraq
1989: Namibia
1990: Western Samoa
1993: Kazakhstan, Moldova
1994: Oman
2005: Kuwait
2011: Saudi Arabia

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This week’s song pick”
“Kind and Generous” by Natalie Merchant https://youtu.be/uAwyIad93-c 


Timeline of women’s suffrage worldwide
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