Today is International Women’s Day – a day when people around the world celebrate women’s economic, political and social achievements.
A big part of what this date also marks is the achievement of the women’s suffrage movement: bringing women the right to vote. In honour of this, we’ve created maps to show when women received the right to vote and run for office*.
The first map (above) displays the decade in which women received the right to vote.
New Zealand was the first country to extend the right to vote to all adult women. In the following two decades, countries like Australia, Canada and Luxembourg all followed suit.
As each decade passed, more women were granted the right to vote – but the biggest surge occurred in the 1940s. It’s likely that this sharp increase is due to the work of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, which made voting rights for women a part of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
57 countries have granted women the right to vote since 1960 – but there are still places where women don’t yet have the right to vote.
What interesting trends do you see?
* Data from Wikipedia.