Humane Educators' Toolbox: Timeline of Women's Right to Vote

Who was the first nation to give women the right to vote and when? How many other countries gave women the right to vote before the U.S. did? What countries still have not given women the right to vote? Why did Switzerland not give women the right to vote until the 1970s? In what decade did the most countries give women the right to vote, and why?

Those are just some of the questions I had when I discovered a useful little interactive timeline created by The Guardian, outlining when women received the right to vote in countries around the world.

For a lot of young people, the idea that women didn't have the right to vote can be an alien one. Many rights and privileges are taken for granted (at least for wealthier, white people in Western countries). This interactive map does a great job of highlighting the advance of women's suffrage, and opens up the opportunity to explore numerous issues, from the connections to world events, to which women gained the right (did all women? Only women of a certain ethnicity or class, etc.?), to how this change influenced societies, to the current disparity of women political leaders, and more. A great tool for exploring important issues with students.

~ Marsha

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