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On getting the right to vote - and using it!  

Compiling a history of women obtaining the right to vote - by country:
On 12 June 1902, the federal parliament passed legislation that finally gave most Australian women the right to vote in federal elections.
The work that led to this stretched over more than 20 years.
But there were Indigenous women who were left out. They did not get the vote until 1962 - a mere 40 years ago.
2002 marks the centenary and the 40 year anniversary for Indigenous women


  "...The right of women to vote was obtained after 50 years of struggle. The first women's suffrage organization in Canada was the Toronto's Women's Literary League which was formed around 1886. Women's legal right to vote was obtained at both the provincial and federal level over a nine year period (1916-1925) with the exception of the Province of Quebec where the right to vote in provincial elections was not obtained until 1940..."

New Zealand

19 Sept. 1893

"...New Zealand women were given the right to vote in parliamentary elections in September, 1893. Although women had voted in Wyoming since 1869 and in Utah since 1870, New Zealand was the first nation state in the world to allow women to vote..."

United States

The women's rights movement began in Seneca Falls, New York, 150 years ago in July 1847, when Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott called for a convention "to discuss the social, civil and religious condition and rights of woman." In effect, Seneca Falls would become the genesis for the women's rights movement.

Organizations that encourage, and assist in, your exercising your right to vote

League of Women Voters (U.S.)

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

  DemocracyNet (U.S.)

  DemocracyNet - DNet - is your premier public interest site for election information. Enter your zip code to find out who's running for offices on your ballot and where the candidates stand on issues you care about.

  Vote.com (U.S.)

  Vote.com is a fully interactive web site designed to give Internet users a voice on important public issues and other topics.

  Center for Asia-Pacific Women in Politics

  "...Our goals are:

* to create a critical mass of competent, committed and effective women politicians in elective and appointed positions in government,
* to develop a responsible female citizenry, and
* to influence female politicians and electorate to work together to transform politics and governance for the common good..."

  Inter-Parilamentary Union (Int'l)

Democracy through Partnership between Men and Women
  "... ARTICLE 1
1. The Inter-Parliamentary Union is the international organisation of the Parliaments of sovereign States.

2. As the focal point for world-wide parliamentary dialogue since 1889, the Inter-Parliamentary Union shall work for peace and co-operation among peoples and for the firm establishment of representative institutions..."
  Australian Electoral Commission

  "...The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) is responsible for providing the Australian people with an independent electoral service which meets their needs and encourages them to understand and participate in the electoral process..."

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