15 March-Women’s Suffrage

Finland was the first European country to give women the right to vote. The right was granted in 1907. Finland was then known as the grand Duchy of Finland and was part of the Russian Empire.

In 1893 New Zealand became the first country in the world to grant women the right to vote in parliamentary elections. However women were barred from standing for election until 1919. The right to vote was granted to women in other countries during the following decades. Women in Saudi Arabia were given the right to vote in 2015.

Women in Ireland were allowed to vote for the first time in the 1918 General Election. In that election men could vote at age 21. Women were allowed to vote provided they were age 30 or over and were property owners. Following independence in 1922 men and women in Ireland were given equal voting rights.

Finland became the first country in Europe to grant women the right to vote in the year 1907 On This Day.

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