When did women get the vote in these 7 countries?

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Canadian Emily Murphy, the first female magistrate in the British Empire, and four others, led the fight after lawyers challenged her right to pass sentence, arguing that as a woman, she was not qualified to sit in the Senate of Canada.

The name "suffragettes" was actually given by The Daily Mail to the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) as a derogatory term in 1906.

In the United Kingdom, green, white and purple were the colours of the Women's Social and Political Union, led by Emmeline Pankhurst, with purple symbolising dignity, white purity and green hope.

A lot of this information was found in activist Mary Blathwayt's diary, who also detailed the trysts of Annie Kenney, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence and Ethel Smyth.

In one of their most daring acts, they detonated bombs in 1913 at a house being built for finance minister and future prime minister David Lloyd George, causing significant damage. In fact acts of direct action and civil disobedience played a key role in winning the vote.

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"It was far from ideal, but the Representation of the People Act meant for the first time in our country's history, some women had the right to vote".

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And as Brendan O'Neill argues elsewhere on spiked, many of those middle-class feminists of all genders who are celebrating the centenary of the 1918 Act are on the wrong side in the living struggle for popular democracy today - the battle for Brexit.

Writing in The Queen in 1908, one "opponent", as they were described in the article, said they saw the campaign for the vote as a "prelude to a social revolution" that would set society back.

"I was quite fascinated by these postcards because not many people have done research on them, and I thought they were telling a message of how hard it was for women at that time to be taken seriously", she says.


To mark the 100-year anniversary, the Prime Minister is holding a reception for past and present female MPs in Parliament.

This is a striking 97 years after women in the United Kingdom first won the vote, and 134 after women in the Isle of Mann.

"Women have always had a voice. but perhaps it is being heard for the first time.by other women but also by many men", Boussahba-Bravard - editor of Suffrage Outside Suffragism: Women's Vote in Britain, 1880-1914 - told AFP.

"Labour in government will both pardon the suffragettes and give an official apology for the miscarriages of justice and wider persecution they suffered".

Today we celebrate a century of women's suffrage in the UK.

Angela Eagle also believes that the erasure of queer people from history as a whole has discredited their integral role in securing women the right to vote. Her home became the center of activism for the women's suffrage movement.

Ten years later, the age limit was lowered and the law changed to ensure women had the same rights as men.

Historical author Elizabeth Crawford says there was a genuine concern at the time that giving women the vote would "destroy families".

So how much progress has been made in the last century - and how much more is needed? The Women's Royal Naval Service, or WRNS, was founded in 1917 to free up more men for active service at sea. Their queerness is brushed under the carpet, or used as further reason to erase them from discussions.

"We have done things like this in the past".

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