Okay, the one with Switzerland is well known: First, in 1991 the Canton of Appenzell inner-led the women’s choice of a Rhodes right – twenty years after it was decided at the country level. In Germany, women are allowed to choose, in the meantime, for 100 years, in Poland and Austria as well. When in other countries women’s suffrage was introduced, you will see in the slideshow on our world map.

Latvia and Finland – both of which were then part of the Russian Empire in 1905 and 1906, the first European countries, which caused all the women to choose. Denmark, Norway and Iceland followed suit a little later. Many States in the USA also.

Some States, however, are what appear to be patterns of countries in terms of equality. The right to vote for women in some countries synonymous: the right to vote for white women. So most Australians will be allowed to have a say since 1903 inside the Parliament – aboriginal women (and men), however, only since 1962. In South Africa, white women are allowed to choose since 1930, black women the first since 1994. These countries are coloured, therefore, in the card orange.

This also applies for countries to select in the beginning only married women were allowed to (Bulgaria, starting in 1938), or those in which only women with property got this right (Canada, great Britain, 1918), or only if you were able to read and write (Puerto Rico in 1929, El Salvador, 1939).

In Bahrain are allowed to choose women since 1973. The first choice only in 2003 took place. North Koreans in 1946, were allowed to choose the first Time – two years before the South Koreans interior, however, is known in a one-party system.

2015 was the last year in which a country introduced women’s suffrage: Saudi Arabia. A small gray spot on the map will probably remain also in the future: the Vatican.

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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