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Victoria Woodhull
In 1872, women were not allowed to vote. But that didn't stop activist, businesswoman and spiritualist Victoria Woodhull from running for president. She nominated Frederic Douglass, a former slave, as her running mate.
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Do Women’s Votes Matter?
The vote is a symbol of a citizen's full participation in government affairs. A vote is a consent to laws, rules and regulations, sometimes freely given, other times with notable hesitation. Historically, as democracies were established, the right to vote soon followed--at least for men, not for women and members of non-dominant racial groups...
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Then and Now: Faces of Suffrage
For many women around the world, the fight for the right to vote is simply a history lesson--something that happened long ago in black and white. But for far too many other women, voting is a privilege they are still denied. They are fighting today, and will continue in the tomorrows to come, to have their voices heard...
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Kuwaiti Women’s 1st Election Day
Until June 26, 2006, women were not allowed to vote or run for election in Kuwait. On that historic day, thousands of Kuwaiti women waited in sweltering 102-degree heat to cast their vote for the first time in their country's history. Unfortunately, out of 28 women who ran for parliament, not one was elected, although many fared well...
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Saudi Arabia: Women Without the Vote
Businesswoman and women's rights activist Rasha Hifzi grew up and lives in a part of the world earmarked as one of the few remaining countries where women still do not have the right to vote for their representatives in government: Saudi Arabia...
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Freeing Finnish Women’s Voices
Finland became the first country in Europe to grant women the right to vote in 1906, and the first country in the world where women could run for office. In 2000, Finns elected their first female president, Tarja Halonen, who won a second term in 2006. Although substantial progress has been made, the roles of Finnish women--in the political, professional, and social spheres--continue to evolve...
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Electing Dragons
Until 2008, election law in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan allowed only one vote per household. Even though Bhutanese women hold the majority of property deeds and run households, those votes were almost always cast by men. This year, Bhutan enacted universal suffrage--granting the vote to all adult men and women...
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