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It depends on the country, but generally, women have had the right to vote for about 150 years. Before that, women were thought “irresponsible”: politics was far too serious for them! Their role was to stay at home and educate the children. Many so-called democratic countries therefore denied half of their population the vote.
More rights for women!
But little by little, feminist movements appeared and demanded more rights for women. Before the 20th century, some countries temporarily granted women the right to vote. The first country to give women the right to vote definitively was New Zealand in 1893. New Zealand women had to wait 26 more years before having the right to be elected. After New Zealand, came Finland in 1906, Norway in 1913 and Denmark in 1915. Many big countries like Germany, the United States, the UK and Canada followed in 1918 and 1919.
In France, the home of human rights, women had to wait until 1944 to enter the voting booth! Today, women have the right to vote and stand for election in every democratic country. Even if there are not many who get elected as… head of state!
Nom de l'auteur : Jacques Azam
Producteur : Milan Presse, France Télévisions
Année de copyright : 2018