Tuesday, December 11, 2018

9 Fun Facts About Woman's Suffrage Movement.

Women'S March, Marching, Women, Woman  Women were given the right to vote only after a long hard fight. We've heard about women going to jail after being arrested.  We've heard about them going on hunger strikes but what about the other side of the coin?

If you read the article on women who were entrepreneurs early in the 20th century, you'll know Elizabeth Arden provided lipstick to suffragettes  during marches.

Now for other facts from around the world on the woman's suffrage movement.  America was not the only one who had a movement.  Many other countries did.

1.  Women in Saudi Arabia finally got the vote in 2015 leaving the Vatican as the only country where women do not have the right to vote.

2. Although ancient Rome and Greece believed in a more democratic government, women did not have the right to vote.

3. The 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote, was originally introduced and voted down in  1878 but was submitted every year for the next 41 years until it passed.  The last state, Mississippi,  finally ratified it in 1984.

4. The abolition movement birthed the suffrage movement.

5. In 1979, the United Nations recognized women's suffrage as a basic human right.

6. in 1755, women in Corsica received the right to vote but it was curtailed once France colonized the country.  However, the women in New Zealand received the right to vote in 1893 and retained it, but not the right to hold office.

7.  Finland became the first European country to give women the right to vote and hold office in 1906. At one point women did have the ability to vote when the country was under Swedish and Russian rule, they got it when Finland became an independent country.

8. In the United States, Wyoming gave women the right to vote as early as 1869 but when Wyoming joined the Union, they insisted on keeping that right for women, even when faced with Congress threatening to refuse their admission.  Congress backed down and women in Wyoming enjoyed the ability to vote before the rest of the country.

9. New Jersey, when they wrote their state constitution said anyone with 50 or more pounds to their name could vote so only single women with that amount were allowed to vote because if the woman was married, their husbands controlled their money.

I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

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