Which country was the first to give women the right to vote?

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March 12, 2018 1:38AM

At a national level, Grant Duchy of
Finland(1883) was first to declare universal
suffrage and allow anyone to participate in politic, women
included, although it was a autonymous part of Russian Empire at
that stage. The first independent country to give women the right
to vote in national elections (not local or provincial) was
New Zealand in 1893. Previous bills or amendments
only narrowly failed in New Zealands parliament as early as
1878.

Places with similar status which granted women the vote include
Wyoming Territory (1869). Other possible contenders for first
“country” to grant female suffrage include the Corsican
Republic(1769), the Isle of Man (1881), the Pitcairn Islands(1838),
Franceville(1889), but some of these had brief existences as
independent states and others were not clearly independent. Sweden
was first one to allow women to participate in elections in
1718,
but only to guild members and only on local elections.
Of currently existing independent countries, New Zealand was
the first to give women the right to vote in 1893 when it
was a self-governing British colony. Similarly, the colony of South
Australia enacted legislation giving women the vote in 1894. Places
with similar status which granted women the vote include Wyoming
Territory (1869). Other possible contenders for first “country” to
grant female suffrage include the Corsican Republic, the Isle of
Man (1881), the Pitcairn Islands, and Franceville, but some of
these had brief existences as independent states and others were
not clearly independent.

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