Women’s suffrage triumph around the world
Md. Taqi Yasir
The Age of Liberty after the death of Charles XII, that is the fall of the monarchy and turning that in a democracy in Sweden, can be the first example of experience women’s right to vote, but in a limited fashion. But in the pre modern era, abbesses or nuns of Christian Catholic Churches and Protestant churches were allowed to vote in different European National Assemblies. This right to vote didn’t come in one day. Various suffrage movements took place back in centuries. The modern era movement did take place by the lead role of the movement of 1903. Emmeline Pankhurst, the English political campaigner who led the movement by forming Women’s Social and Political Union.
At the national level, the following countries granted women’s suffrage in the following years:
Bangladesh: Achieved right after its Independence in 1971.
India: Achieved right after its Independence in 1947
Pakistan: Achieved right after its independence in 1947
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud declared women’s right to vote in the year of 2011, and women experienced voting right for the first time on December 2015.
South Africa: For Asian and European women, 1930 and for all women, 1994
Turkey: 1930 for local elections and 1934 for national elections.
UAE: Limited suffrage for all from the year 2006.
United Kingdom: From 1918-1928 UK University graduate women or women possessing properties experienced the suffrage. From 1928 they experienced the complete right to vote.
United States of America: Suffrage given since 1925, but blacks were denied voting up to 1965.
Brunei: No voting rights for national elections for women, but since 1959, the voting rights were given only in local elections.
Canada: 1917-1919, most of the parts except Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Quebec. Within 1940 three of these got the right. But up to 1960 the aborigines were not allowed to vote.
Indonesia: 1937 for Europeans only, 1945 for everyone