International Woman Suffrage Timeline

World Woman Suffrage Map 1908
Progress of states and nations with woman suffrage. Courtesy Library of Congress. Original published in Harper's Magazine, April 25, 1908.

When did various nations give all women the right to vote? Many granted suffrage in steps -- some locales gave the vote for local elections first, or some racial or ethnic groups were excluded until later. Often, the right to stand for election and the right to vote were given at separate times. "Full suffrage" means that all groups of women were included, and could both vote and run for any office.


  • 1851: Prussian law forbids women from joining political parties or attending meetings where politics is discussed.
  • 1869: Britain grants unmarried women who are householders the right to vote in local elections
  • 1862/3: Some Swedish women gain voting rights in local elections.


  • 1881: Some Scottish women get the right to vote in local elections.
  • 1893: New Zealand grants equal voting rights to women.
  • 1894: The United Kingdom expands women's voting rights to married women in local but not national elections. 
  • 1895: South Australian women gain voting rights.
  • 1899: Western Australian women were granted voting rights. 


  • 1901: Women in Australia get the vote, with some restrictions. 
  • 1902: Women in New South Wales get the vote.
  • 1902: Australia grants more voting rights to women.
  • 1906: Finland adopts woman suffrage.
  • 1907: Women in Norway are permitted to stand for election.
  • 1908: Women in Denmark some women granted local voting rights.
  • 1908: Victoria, Australia, grants women voting rights.
  • 1909: Sweden grants vote in municipal elections to all women.


  • 1913: Norway adopts full woman suffrage.
  • 1915: Women get the vote in Denmark and Iceland.
  • 1916: Canadian women in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan get the vote.
  • 1917: When the Russian Czar is toppled, the Provisional Government grants universal suffrage with equality for women; later the new Soviet Russian constitution includes full suffrage to women.
  • 1917: Women in the Netherlands are granted the right to stand for election.
  • 1918: The United Kingdom gives a full vote to some women -- over 30, with property qualifications or a UK university degree -- and to all men age 21 and older.
  • 1918: Canada gives women the vote in most provinces by federal law. Quebec is not included. Native women were not included.
  • 1918: Germany grants women the vote.
  • 1918: Austria adopts woman suffrage.
  • 1918: Women given full suffrage in Latvia, Poland, Estonia, and Latvia.
  • 1918: Russian Federation gives women the right to vote.
  • 1921: Azerbaijan grants woman suffrage. (Sometimes given as 1921 or 1917.)
  • 1918: Women granted limited voting rights in Ireland.
  • 1919: Netherlands gives women the vote.
  • 1919: Woman suffrage is granted in Belarus, Luxembourg, and Ukraine.
  • 1919: Women in Belgium granted right to vote.
  • 1919: New Zealand allows women to stand for election.
  • 1919: Sweden grants suffrage with some restrictions.


  • 1920: On August 26, a constitutional amendment is adopted when the state of Tennessee ratifies it, granting full woman suffrage in all states of the United States.
  • 1920: Woman suffrage is granted in Albania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
  • 1920: Canadian women get the right to stand for election (but not for all offices - see 1929 below).
  • 1921: Sweden gives women voting rights with some restrictions.
  • 1921: Armenia grants woman suffrage.
  • 1921: Lithuania grants woman suffrage.
  • 1921: Belgium grants women the right to stand for election.
  • 1922: Irish Free State, separating from the UK, gives equal voting rights to women.
  • 1922: Burma grants women voting rights.
  • 1924: Mongolia, Saint Lucia, and Tajikistan give suffrage to women.
  • 1924: Kazakstan gives limited voting rights to women.
  • 1925: Italy grants limited voting rights to women.
  • 1927: Turkmenistan grants woman suffrage.
  • 1928: The United Kingdom grants full equal voting rights to women.
  • 1928: Guyana grants woman suffrage.
  • 1928: Ireland (as part of the UK) expands women's suffrage rights.
  • 1929: Ecuador grants suffrage, Romania grants limited suffrage.
  • 1929: Women found to be "persons" in Canada and therefore able to become members of the Senate.


  • 1930: White women granted suffrage in South Africa.
  • 1930: Turkey grants women the vote.
  • 1931: Women get full suffrage in Spain and Sri Lanka.
  • 1931: Chile and Portugal grant suffrage with some restrictions.
  • 1932: Uruguay, Thailand and Maldives jump on the woman suffrage bandwagon.
  • 1934: Cuba and Brazil adopt woman suffrage.
  • 1934: Turkish women are able to stand for election.
  • 1934: Portugal grants woman suffrage, with some restrictions.
  • 1935: Women gain right to vote in Myanmar.
  • 1937: The Philippines grants women full suffrage.
  • 1938: Women get the vote in Bolivia.
  • 1938: Uzbekistan grants full suffrage to women.
  • 1939: El Salvador grants voting rights to women.


  • 1940: Women of Quebec are granted voting rights.
  • 1941: Panama grants limited voting rights to women.
  • 1942: Women gain full suffrage in the Dominican Republic.
  • 1944: Bulgaria, France and Jamaica grant suffrage to women.
  • 1945: Croatia, Indonesia, Italy, Hungary, Japan (with restrictions), Yugoslavia, Senegal, and Ireland enact woman suffrage.
  • 1945: Guyana allows women to stand for election.
  • 1946: Woman suffrage adopted in Palestine, Kenya, Liberia, Cameroon, Korea, Guatemala, Panama (with restrictions), Romania (with restrictions), Venezuela, Yugoslavia, and Vietnam.
  • 1946: Women allowed to stand for election in Myanmar.
  • 1947: Bulgaria, Malta, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore, and Argentina extend suffrage to women.
  • 1947: Japan extends suffrage, but still retains some restrictions.
  • 1947: Mexico grants the vote to women at the municipal level.
  • 1948: Israel, Iraq, Korea, Niger, and Surinam adopt woman suffrage.
  • 1948: Belgium, which previously granted the vote to women, establishes suffrage with a few restrictions for women.
  • 1949: Bosnia and Herzegovina grant woman suffrage.
  • 1949: China and Costa Rica give women the vote.
  • 1949: Women gain full suffrage in Chile but most vote separately from men.
  • 1949: Syrian Arab Republic gives the vote to women.
  • 1949/1950: India grants woman suffrage.


  • 1950: Haiti and Barbados adopt woman suffrage.
  • 1950: Canada grants full suffrage, extending the vote to some women (and men) previously not included, still excluding Native women.
  • 1951: Antigua, Nepal, and Grenada give women the vote.
  • 1952: Covenant on Political Rights of Women enacted by the United Nations, calling for women's right to vote and right to stand for elections. 
  • 1952: Greece, Lebanon, and Bolivia (with restrictions) extend suffrage to women.
  • 1953: Mexico grants women the right to stand for election. and to vote in national elections.
  • 1953: Hungary and Guyana give voting rights to women.
  • 1953: Bhutan and the Syrian Arab Republic establish full woman suffrage.
  • 1954: Ghana, Colombia, and Belize grant woman suffrage.
  • 1955: Cambodia, Ethiopia, Peru, Honduras, and Nicaragua adopt woman suffrage.
  • 1956: Women given suffrage in Egypt, Somalia, Comoros, Mauritius, Mali, and Benin.
  • 1956: Pakistani women gain the right to vote in national elections.
  • 1957: Malaysia extends suffrage to women.
  • 1957: Zimbabwe grants women the vote.
  • 1959: Madagascar and Tanzania give suffrage to women.
  • 1959: San Marino permits women to vote.


  • 1960: Women of Cyprus, Gambia, and Tonga get suffrage.
  • 1960: Canadian women win full rights to stand for election, as Native women are also included.
  • 1961: Burundi, Malawy, Paraguay, Rwanda and Sierra Leone adopt woman suffrage.
  • 1961: Women in the Bahamas gain suffrage, with limits.
  • 1961: Women in El Salvador are permitted to stand for election.
  • 1962: Algeria, Monaco, Uganda, and Zambia adopts woman suffrage.
  • 1962: Australia adopts full woman suffrage (a few restrictions remain).
  • 1963: Women in Morocco, Congo, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Kenya gain suffrage.
  • 1964: Sudan adopts woman suffrage.
  • 1964: The Bahamas adopts full suffrage with restrictions.
  • 1965: Women gain full suffrage in Afghanistan, Botswana, and Lesotho.
  • 1967: Ecuador adopts full suffrage with a few restrictions.
  • 1968: Full woman suffrage adopted in Swaziland.


  • 1970: Yemen adopts full suffrage.
  • 1970: Andorra permits women to vote.
  • 1971: Switzerland adopts woman suffrage, and the United States lowers the voting age for both men and women to eighteen by a Constitutional amendment.
  • 1972: Bangladesh grants woman suffrage.
  • 1973: Full suffrage granted to women in Bahrain.
  • 1973: Women permitted to stand for election in Andorra and San Marino.
  • 1974: Jordan and the Solomon Islands extend suffrage to women.
  • 1975: Angola, Cape Verde, and Mozambique give suffrage to women.
  • 1976: Portugal adopts full woman suffrage with a few restrictions.
  • 1978: The Republic of Moldova adopts full suffrage with a few restrictions.
  • 1978: Women in Zimbabwe are able to stand for election.
  • 1979: Women in the Marshall Islands and Micronesia gain full suffrage rights.


  • 1980: Iran gives women the vote.
  • 1984: Full suffrage granted to women of Liechtenstein.
  • 1984: In South Africa, voting rights are extended to Coloureds and Indians.
  • 1986: Central African Republic adopts woman suffrage.


  • 1990: Samoan women gain full suffrage.
  • 1994: Kazakhstan grants women full suffrage.
  • 1994: Black women gain full suffrage in South Africa.


  • 2005: Kuwaiti Parliament grants women of Kuwait full suffrage.