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Countries That Pioneered Women’s Voting Rights

Countries That Pioneered Women’s Voting Rights
March 07
08:55 2016

With both International Women’s Day and – since 1977 – the UN Day for Women’s Rights and World Peace on March 8th fast approaching, we regret that such commemorations still exist (after all, women’s rights should be so normal by now that a special day for them shouldn’t need to be set apart). However, let’s take a small trip together and discover the countries that gave women the right to vote before all the others. You won’t actually need to pack your bags. But did you know which country was first to give women the right to vote? What’s your guess?

New Zealand: the Pioneer

Everyone wants to visit New Zealand and its spectacular nature with tropical rainforests, glaciers and even fjords. But now we’ve discovered a new reason to visit – for thanking them! New Zealand was the first country in the world to give women the right to vote. Can you guess the date? In 1893. It seems just like yesterday!

Countries That Pioneered Women’s Voting Rights

Australia: Taking a Cue from its Neighbour

Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote. If travelling to New Zealand is on almost everyone’s bucket list, visiting the island continent of Australia should be too: a list of its must-see attractions include the Great Barrier Reef, the rugged Outback, Uluru, Sydney and its Opera House… Though you’d need more than a month to visit the whole island, remember to start your journey in Canberra – the capital – where women’s voting rights were established in 1902.

Finland: the First in Europe

Women in Europe were the next to vote, and Finland was the first country to give them the right to do so. Travel around Helsinki by metro, Lapland for Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, go dog sledding, stay in ice hotels, and enjoy Rally Finland. Hurry up and thank them today! Women have been voting there since 1906.

Countries That Pioneered Women’s Voting Rights

Norway: the Cold Ushers in Equality

Just like Australia took its cue from New Zealand, the other Nordic countries began to give women the vote soon after their neighbour, Finland. Is it because Scandinavia is cold for everyone? Norway was the second European country, giving women the vote in 1913. And the reasons to visit abound: fjords, Bergen, Preikestolen/Pulpit Rock, North Cape, and the Northern Lights… take your pick!

Denmark and Iceland: On the Nordic Track

Denmark and Iceland gave women the right to vote in 1915. Is it because the Little Mermaid wanted to vote too? Remember: in addition to its territory in Europe, Denmark also includes Greenland with its snow, its cold and its polar bears. And what’s more, wild Iceland is one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.

Countries That Pioneered Women’s Voting Rights


In 1931, Spanish women got the right to vote. This was after women got the right to vote in the Netherlands, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Georgia, Poland, Sweden, Germany, Luxembourg and the United States. But, it was also before other European countries like France, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and Liechtenstein, where women couldn’t vote until 1984!

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