Woman’s Day – Their Right To Vote and what it means

With a lot of buzz around International Woman’s Day, it is important to understand why this day exists and how has the world progressed around it.

What is Woman’s Day

It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements regardless of divisions of any kind, including national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It first started to be celebrated in North America and Europe when labour movements started to turn up at the turn of the twentieth century.

United Nations talks briefly about the history of this day and its importance here . The Charter of the United Nations, signed in 1945, was the first international agreement to affirm the principle of equality between women and men. Since then, the UN has helped create a historic legacy of internationally-agreed strategies, standards, programmes and goals to advance the status of women worldwide.

Since then it is internationally accepted and celebrated giving regard to the notion.

Woman’s Right to Vote

One of the biggest way to identify whether it worked or not is to look at when in this world, different countries started giving women the right to vote. It is also reflective of how women are treated in a country. It is astonishing that there are still some countries that have not done so. The most latest is the Saudi Arabia which gave women the right to vote in 2011. Here is a glimpse of the same on the world map created by Cuban Holidays

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The first country to adopt this was Sweden in as old as 1718, then Corsica in 1758 but not really for the parliaments. But the modern countries, specifically those started in 19th century started adopting for parliamentary voting were New Zealand to start with in 1893. It then started becoming a wave and started to happen all across the world.

One thing to note here is that the years mentioned above are when a country was constitutionalized and then gave women the right to vote. Hence you will see that a lot of years overlap with the year of the country’s constitution.

Here is a timeline show, again by cuban holidays