New Zealand Suffragist Mary Ann Mueller (1820-1901).
New Zealand is generally regarded as the first independent colony to provide universal suffrage in 1893; however it waould be another 26 years before women there could run for office. New Zealand remains a front runner in women's equality. Women there have the smallest gender gap in wages--at 5.6% Here in the United States, the pay gap is 20% and is behind Rwanda, Cuba, Phillippines, and Jamaica.
Not too far away in Cooks Islands, women were also granted the right to vote in the same year. Coincidentally, it was the same year that Colorado granted women enfranchisment; the territory of Wyoming had already granted women the right to vote in 1869.
In Australia, women were given the vote in 1902. Like the United States, some states in Australia passed suffrage before that date.
Cover of "The Maid's Journal"
Finland's suffrage movement had deep roots in the women's labor movement.
Finland (at this point part of the Russian Empire and called the Duchy of Finland) is generally recognized as the first European region to grant women's suffrage and allow women to also stand for office in 1906.
A year later, 13 women were elected to parliament.
Close up images of South American Arpilleras.
In 1911, the first woman to vote in South America was Julieta Lanteri.
Lanteri was a physician, a social reformer, and woman's activist. She actually voted for the legislature in Buenos Aires--mostly due to an error in the written constitution that did not stipulate gender. Although she won this victory, universal suffrage for women was not enacted in Argentina until 1947.
Carolina Beatriz Angelo was also a physician.
A similar situation occurred in Portugal the same year. The law was rewritten after Carolina Beatriz Angelo voted.
Line Luplau (foreground) and Danish suffragists
Our sisters in Canada were like Australia and the United States in that certain provinces had suffrage until the last hold-out, Quebec, passed suffrage in 1940.
Nellie McClung, Canadian suffragist
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