The Surprisingly Ongoing Global Women's Suffrage Movement

By | September 17, 2019

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Three women vote at a polling station in New York City, New York, USA. Source: (Photo by National Photo Company/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

The women's suffrage movement is among many things Americans tend to claim for our own, but it was (and still is) happening worldwide. Women's suffrage around the world can look very different from how it does in America---including, in some cases, a much longer timeline. Which country first granted women the right to vote? (Spoiler: It wasn't the U.S.) And where are women still not allowed to vote? Let's take look at women's suffrage from a global perspective, and from the perspective of all the suffragettes who paved the way to equal voting rights. 

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The 19th Amendment gave women in the U.S. the right to vote, but they were behind their foreign sisters. Source: (

The 19th Amendment

On August 18, 1920, the United States Congress officially ratified the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution giving American women the right to vote. This amendment only granted the right to vote to white and black American women. Four years later, in 1924, Native American women were allowed to vote for the first time with the passage of the Indian Citizenship Act.