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Historical data on women

Data on women’s right to vote and to stand for election, the date at which the first woman entered parliament, and female Heads of State or Government

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1882
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
Local
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
In 1882, the King approved a change in voting qualifications such that widows and other unmarried women who headed farming households, or who in some other way were independent householders were given the right to vote and stand for elections in local ele
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1908
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
Local
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
In 1908 all women obtained the rights to vote and to run in municipal elections.
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1915
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Right to vote was limited to those women who were over 40 and did not owe repayable poor relief.
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
In 1882, the King approved a change in voting qualifications such that widows and other unmarried women who headed farming households, or who in some other way were independent householders were given the right to vote and stand for elections in local elections, provided that they fulfilled all the other legal requirements for this right (property, etc). In 1908 all women obtained the rights to vote and to run in municipal elections. The age limit was to be reduced by 1 year annually.
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1920
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Minimum age of 25
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1915
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Stand for Election: Restrictions detail
Right to stand for election was limited to those women who were over 40 and did not own any repayable poor relief.
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
In 1882, the King approved a change in voting qualifications such that widows and other unmarried women who headed farming households, or who in some other way were independent householders were given the right to vote and stand for elections in local elections, provided that they fulfilled all the other legal requirements for this right (property, etc). In 1908 all women obtained the rights to vote and to run in municipal elections. The age limit was to be reduced by 1 year annually.
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1920
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Minimum age of 25
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1922

Women Heads of State or Government

Woman Heads of State or Government
Not available
See historical data for this field.