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Suffrage is a right to vote given in assent to a proposal or in favor of the election of a particular person or persons or political group.
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Key Facts & Information
EARLY RISE OF SUFFRAGE
- The word suffrage dates back to the 13th century and originates from Medieval Latin suffragium meaning “support, ballot, vote; right of voting; a voting tablet”.
- In ancient Greece, the right to vote was held only by adult, male citizens who owned land. This property qualification was adopted in the succeeding centuries.
- Wealth, tax, and social class also determined the right to vote in countries ruled by monarchs.
- In Early Europe, religious denominations were soon denied civil and political rights including the right to vote.
- Roman Catholics were denied the right to vote from 1728 to 1793 in Great Britain and Ireland.
- In the late 1700s the right to vote in the United States was denied to Jews, Quakers, and Catholics. Other states only allowed protestants to vote.
- Other countries, such as France and Ireland, prohibited all army personnel from voting.
- In some countries, minorities were not given the same rights as the dominant race. Natural-born citizens were eligible for election to higher political positions.
- The basic qualifications for suffrage are similar, with minor variations per country. Usually only adult citizens, aged 18 and above, are eligible to vote.
SUFFRAGE AROUND THE WORLD
- Canada’s right to suffrage was documented in 1871, initially denying non- Canadians the right to vote. The voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 by 1970.
- Universal suffrage for men was introduced in France on August 11, 1792.
- The Indian Constitution introduced universal suffrage for all adult citizens aged 21 or older in 1951-52.
- After World War II, Japan instituted Universal Suffrage in 1947.
- Suffrage rights in Australia began in 1855 for male British subjects.
- Female suffrage began in 1899 and the Aborigines finally secured their rights to suffrage by 1965.
- The 1918 constitution of Norway gave male landowners or officials above the age of 25 full voting rights. This was lowered to 18 by 1978.
- The United Kingdom (Kingdom of England) introduced suffrage to select men beginning 1265.
- Property ownership determined the right of British men to vote and this went on until the 20th century.
- By 1918, all men over 21 and some women over 30 won the right to vote, and in 1928 all women over 21 won.
- The first legitimate voters in South Africa were 85% white. It was only in 1994 when every South African citizen over the age of 18 were given the right to vote.
- American suffrage in the 17th-century Thirteen Colonies was often restricted by property qualifications or a religious test.
- When the first United States Constitution was approved, it did not define who was eligible to vote, allowing each state to decide.
- Only white men were originally allowed to vote. Women and non-whites were not allowed to vote.
- But by the entry of the 15th, 19th, 23rd, 24th and 26th amendments, every citizen aged 18 and above eventually obtained the right to vote.
- Ancient Greece and Republican Rome as well as some democratic countries in Europe excluded women from voting by the end of the 18th century.
- Women’s voting rights became an issue in the 19th century, and the struggle was fiercely debated in Great Britain and the United States.
- Outside these two countries, women had already earned the right to vote in national elections in New Zealand (1893), Australia (1902), Finland (1906), and Norway (1913).
- Members of militant women’s organisations, called suffragettes, fought for the right to vote in public elections, known as women’s suffrage.
- The women’s suffrage movement in the United States began with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, convened by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott.
- Suffragists utilized strategies such as marches, quiet vigils, and yearning strikes, to name a few.
- Finally, Soviet Russia (1917), Canada, Germany, Austria, and Poland (1918), Czechoslovakia (1919), the United States and Hungary (1920), Great Britain (1918 and 1928), Burma (Myanmar; 1922), Ecuador (1929), South Africa (1930), Brazil, Uruguay, and Thailand (1932), Turkey and Cuba (1934), and the Philippines (1937) allowed women to vote.
- After World War II, France, Italy, Romania, Yugoslavia, and China gave voting rights to women. In 1949, full suffrage was introduced in India, and in 1956 in Pakistan.
- More than 100 countries joined the support for women’s suffrage and to date, Saudi Arabia (2015) and other Middle Eastern Countries have begun to allow women to vote.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the suffrage across 21 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Suffrage worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the suffrage which is a right to vote given in assent to a proposal or in favor of the election of a particular person or persons or political group.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Practicing Suffrage
- The Process
- Grounds to Choose
- Public Concerns
- A Public Notice
- Passionate Pankhurst
- The Suffragettes
- Checklist of Rights
- In Honor of…
- Youth Suffrage
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