On September 19, 1893, New Zealand granted women the right to vote, the first nation on Earth to do so. Previously, property-owning women had been sporadically allowed to vote in places such as the Pitcarin Islands, Australia, and the U.S. territories of Wyoming and Utah. In New Zealand, suffrage was universal—this included women who did not own property, as well as Maori women. Women were not allowed to stand for elections themselves until 1919.
Women are still denied suffrage in some parts of the world, such as Saudi Arabia. King Abdullah has introduced legislation that would allow women to vote in the 2015 elections, however.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry election Noun
selection of people to public office by vote.
law, legal act, or statute.
people and culture native to New Zealand.
goods or materials (including land) owned by someone.
the right to vote.