Women's Suffrage in History

Historical Events

  • 1777-07-08 Vermont introduces new constitution making it 1st US state to abolish slavery

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1867-05-20 British parliament rejects John Stuart Mills' proposals on women's suffrage

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • 1867-08-15 The Representation of the People Act (1867) extends suffrage in the UK

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1869-05-15 National Woman Suffrage Association forms in New York, founded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1869-11-24 American Woman's Suffrage Association forms (Cleveland)
  • 1869-12-10 Women suffrage (right to vote) granted in Wyoming Territory (US 1st)
  • 1872-06-18 Woman's Suffrage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty Hall

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1872-11-18 Suffragette Susan B. Anthony is arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshal and charged with illegally voting

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1878-01-10 US Senate proposes female suffrage
  • 1884-03-08 Susan B. Anthony addresses U.S. House Judiciary Committee arguing for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote, 16 years after legislators 1st introduced a federal women's suffrage amendment.
  • 1890-07-10 Wyoming becomes 44th state of US (1st with female suffrage)

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1893-07-28 A petition organised by Kate Sheppard, demanding women's suffrage, is delivered to New Zealand's parliament; signed by over 25,000 women, a 5th of the adult European female population

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard
  • 1893-11-07 US State Colorado accepts female suffrage
  • 1894-02-05 Female suffrage organization in Amsterdam forms
  • 1894-08-02 Dutch Society for Women Suffrage gets royal charter
  • 1895-11-05 US state Utah accepts female suffrage
  • 1902-01-12 Uddevalla Suffrage Association is formally dissolved
  • 1902-02-11 Police beat up universal suffrage demonstrators in Brussels
  • 1902-04-08 Demonstration organised by socialists in Belgium as people demand better education, living conditions, the right to strike and universal male suffrage result in a riot and some deaths
  • 1902-07-12 Australian parliament agrees to female suffrage
  • 1903-12-09 Norwegian parliament votes unanimiously for female suffrage
  • 1905-05-08 Union of Unions organizes In Russia under the chairmanship of Paul Miliukov and joins liberal groups demanding parliamentary government and universal suffrage
  • 1906-03-07 Finnish Senate accepts universal suffrage, except for poor
  • 1907-01-26 In Austria, universal and direct suffrage (limited to males over 24) is introduced, a reform long demanded by the socialists and others
  • 1907-02-07 The Mud March was the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS).
  • 1907-02-13 English suffragettes storm British Parliament & 60 women are arrested
  • 1907-05-14 Sweden adopts universal suffrage for elections to its lower house and proportional representation for both houses
  • 1907-06-14 Norway adopts female suffrage for middle class women only in parliamentary elections
  • 1910-09-18 25,000 demonstrate in Amsterdam for general male/female suffrage
  • 1910-11-06 SDAP/NVV initiate campaign for general males/female suffrage
  • 1911-04-30 Portugal approves female suffrage
  • 1912-11-05 Arizona, Kansas & Wisconsin vote for female suffrage
  • 1913-03-03 Ida B Wells-Barnett demonstrates for female suffrage in Washington, D.C.
  • 1913-04-03 British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst sentenced to 3 years in jail

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1913-06-04 Suffragette Emily Davison steps in front of King George V's horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby

King of the United Kingdom George V
King of the United Kingdom
George V
  • 1913-09-16 Thousands of women demonstrate for Dutch female suffrage
  • 1914-03-10 Suffragettes in London damage Rokeby's painting Venus of Velasquez
  • 1914-05-06 British House of Lords rejects women's suffrage
  • 1915-06-05 Denmark amends its constitution to allow women's suffrage.
  • 1916-04-08 Norway approves active & passive female suffrage
  • 1916-06-06 Voters in East Cleveland approves women suffrage
  • 1916-10-17 Dutch women demonstrate for female suffrage
  • 1916-11-05 Second Chamber accept initial impetus to general males/female suffrage
  • 1917-10-27 20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York, US
  • 1919-06-04 US Congress passes the Women's Suffrage Bill, the 19th Amendment
  • 1919-07-10 Dutch 1st Chamber approves woman suffrage
  • 1919-09-18 Dutch second chamber accepts female suffrage
  • 1920-02-08 Swiss men vote against women's suffrage
  • 1920-08-18 US ratifies the 19th Amendment to the constitution bringing in women's suffrage
  • 1921-06-11 Brazil adopts women suffrage
  • 1922-12-29 Revised Netherlands Law proclaims suffrage
  • 1923-04-19 New Egyptian law allows suffrage for men, except soldiers
  • 1925-03-02 Japan's House of Representatives recognizes male suffrage
  • 1929-12-06 Turkey introduces female suffrage
  • 1931-10-01 Spanish Cortes accept general female suffrage
  • 1937-04-30 The Philippines holds a plebiscite for Filipino women on whether they should be extended the right to suffrage; over 90% would vote in the affirmative.
  • 1944-10-05 Suffrage is extended to women in France
  • 1951-09-20 Swiss males votes against female suffrage
  • 1952-04-09 Hugo Ballivian's government is overthrown by the Bolivian National Revolution, starting a period of agrarian reform, universal suffrage and the nationalisation of tin mines
  • 1953-11-18 Anti-Revolutionary Party (ARP) accept female suffrage
  • 1956-02-27 Female suffrage in Egypt
  • 1966-06-26 Kanton Bazel leads female suffrage in Switzerland
  • 1966-11-20 Men in Zurich vote against female suffrage
  • 1969-04-23 The Unionist Parliamentary Party votes by 28 to 22 to introduce universal adult suffrage in local government elections in Northern Ireland; the demand for 'one man, one vote' had been one of the most powerful slogans of the civil rights movement
  • 1969-09-14 Male voters of Swiss Canton Schaffhausen reject female suffrage
  • 1971-02-07 Switzerland votes for national women's suffrage in a referendum
  • 1978-10-10 US Congress approves dollar coin honoring women's suffrage campaigner Susan B. Anthony
  • 1979-08-10 Ecuador adopts its 17th constitution, extending citizenship and suffrage to all Ecuadorians over 18
  • 2005-05-16 Kuwait permits women's suffrage in a 35-23 National Assembly vote.
  • 2005-12-04 Tens of thousands of people in Hong Kong protest for democracy and call on the Government to allow universal and equal suffrage.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1811-11-29 Wendell Phillips, women's suffrage/antislavery/prison reformer
  • 1818-05-27 Amelia Jenks Bloomer, suffragette known for her pantaloons
  • 1818-08-13 Lucy Blackwell-Stone, US abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association)

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1820-02-15 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1821-12-19 Mary Ashton Livermore, American reformer/women's suffrage leader
  • 1847-02-14 Anna Howard Shaw, US, suffragette

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1847-03-10 Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1934)

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard
  • 1853-01-17 Alva Belmont, American socialite & suffragette (d. 1933)
  • 1859-01-09 Carrie Chapman Catt, Ripon, Wisconsin, American women's suffrage leader and founder (League of Women Voters)

Famous Weddings


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1871-07-21 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (24) weds general merchant Walter Allen Sheppard in Christchurch, New Zealand

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard
  • 1925-08-25 Suffragette Kate Sheppard (78) weds printer and author William Sidney Lovell-Smith (72) in Christchurch, New Zealand

Famous Deaths


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1902-10-26 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American women's rights activist, dies of heart failure at 86

Women's Rights Activist Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Women's Rights Activist
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

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1906-03-13 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, dies at 85

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
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Susan B. Anthony
  • 1913-06-08 Emily Wilding Davison, suffragette, trampled to death by a horse
  • 1927-06-09 Victoria Woodhull, American woman's suffrage leader and first woman to be nominated for US presidency, dies at 88

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1934-07-13 Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, dies at 87

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
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Kate Sheppard
  • 1947-03-09 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88
  • 1958-02-13 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880)