Women's Suffrage in History

Historical Events


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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)
  • 1870-02-14 Esther Morris appointed US' first female in Justice of the Peace in South Pass City, Wyoming, after previous justice, R.S. Barr, resigned to protest passage of Wyoming Territory's women's suffrage amendment in 1869
  • 1872-06-18 Woman's Suffrage Convention held at Merchantile Liberty Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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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, 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

USAWoman Suffrage Procession

1913-03-03 Woman suffrage procession through Washington, D.C. organized by Alice Paul and Lucy Burns and led by Inez Milholland. Ida B. Wells marched with her Illinois delegation despite blacks being told to march in a separate section.
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Inez Milholland at the head of the Woman Suffrage Procession through Washington, DC
Inez Milholland at the head of the Woman Suffrage Procession through Washington, DC

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1913-04-03 British suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst sentenced to 3 years in jail

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
Suffragette
Emmeline Pankhurst

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1913-06-04 English suffragette Emily Davison dies after throwing herself in front of King George V's horse Anmer during running of the Derby at Epsom

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

Historic CommunicationWomen's Suffrage March on Fifth Ave, New York

1915-10-23 An estimated 25,000 supporters in a women's suffrage march on New York's Fifth Ave, led by Dr. Anna Shaw and Carrie Chapman Catt, founder of the League of Women Voters
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25,000 women march in New York City demanding right to vote
25,000 women march in New York City demanding right to vote
  • 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

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1917-01-10 Suffragettes the "Silent Sentinels" first protest outside The White House, in Washington led by Alice Paul and the National Woman's Party

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • 1917-10-20 US suffragette Alice Paul begins a 7 month jail sentence for protesting women's rights in Washington
  • 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 22 year old representative Harry T. Burn is deciding vote in Tennessee's and thus America's ratification of the 19th Amendment to the constitution allowing women's suffrage after letter from his mother
  • 1921-06-11 Brazil adopts women's 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

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1947-05-03 Japan's post-war constitution goes into effect, granting universal suffrage, stripping Emperor Hirohito of all but symbolic power and outlawing Japan's right to make war

Emperor of Japan Hirohito
Emperor of Japan
Hirohito
  • 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 granted 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
  • 1818-08-13 Lucy Stone, American abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association), born in West Brookefield, Massachusetts (d. 1893)

Person of interestSusan B. Anthony

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
  • 1838-08-17 Laura de Force Gordon, California lawyer, a prominent suffragette, and 1st woman to run a daily newspaper in the US (Stockton Daily Leader, 1874), born in North East, Pennsylvania (d. 1907)

Person of interestVictoria Woodhull

1838-09-23 Victoria Woodhull, American civil rights activist (1872 presidential candidate, woman's suffrage movement), born in Homer, Ohio (d. 1927)

Civil Rights Activist Victoria Woodhull
Civil Rights Activist
Victoria Woodhull
  • 1847-02-14 Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette, born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England (d. 1919)

Person of interestKate Sheppard

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)

Person of interestEmmeline Pankhurst

1858-07-15 Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette who formed the Women's Social & Political Union (1903), born in Moss Side, Manchester (d. 1928)

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
Suffragette
Emmeline Pankhurst
  • 1859-01-09 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader and founder (League of Women Voters), born in Ripon, Wisconsin (d. 1947)
  • 1882-05-05 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist and suffragette, born in Old Trafford, Manchester, England (d. 1960)
  • 1887-07-29 Komako Kimura, Japanese suffragette, actress and editor (d. 1980)
  • 1889-04-18 Jessie Street, Australian suffragette and aboriginal rights fighter, born in Ranchi, Bihar, Bengal Presidency, British Raj (d. 1970)

Person of interestEva Perón

1919-05-07 Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady (1946-52) actress, suffragette, unionist and humanitarian who was inspiration for A.L. Webber's musical "Evita", born in Los Toldos, Argentina (d. 1952)

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón

Famous Weddings


LoveWedding of Interest

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

  • 1893-10-18 Lucy Stone, American abolitionist (US Woman's Suffrage Association), dies at 75

Person of interestSusan B. Anthony

1906-03-13 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, dies of pneumonia at 86

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • 1907-04-05 Laura de Force Gordon, California lawyer, a prominent suffragette, and 1st woman to run a daily newspaper in the US (Stockton Daily Leader, 1874), dies at 68
  • 1919-07-02 Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette, dies at 72

Person of interestVictoria Woodhull

1927-06-09 Victoria Woodhull, American civil rights activist (1872 presidential candidate, woman's suffrage movement), dies at 88

Civil Rights Activist Victoria Woodhull
Civil Rights Activist
Victoria Woodhull

Person of interestEmmeline Pankhurst

1928-06-14 Emmeline Pankhurst, British suffragette who formed the Women's Social & Political Union (1903), dies at 69

Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
Suffragette
Emmeline Pankhurst

Person of interestKate Sheppard

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
Suffragette
Kate Sheppard
  • 1947-03-09 Carrie Chapman Catt, American women's suffrage leader, dies at 88

Person of interestEva Perón

1952-07-26 Eva Perón [Evita], Argentine First Lady (1946-52) actress, suffragette, unionist and humanitarian who was inspiration for A.L. Webber's musical "Evita", dies of cancer at 33

First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón
First Lady of Argentina
Eva Perón
  • 1958-02-13 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a leading suffragette (English) "Queen of the mob" (b.1880)
  • 1960-09-27 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist and suffragette, dies at 78
  • 1970-07-02 Jessie Street, Australian suffragette and aboriginal rights fighter, dies at 81
  • 1980-07-10 Komako Kimura, Japanese suffragette, actress and editor, dies at 92