Which Was The First Country To Give Women The Right To Vote?

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The right to vote for women has been a contentious issue from a long time. Denial of the right to vote was seen for long as a major indicator that women were treated as inferior to men, a burning issue when it came to the question of women's rights. While women have the right to vote in most countries across the world today, this was not the case sometime ago.

The first time women were granted the right to vote actually happened by accident. This happened in 1776 in New Jersey, when the word 'people' was used instead of the specific word 'men' when mentioning who had the right to vote. This was later rescinded in 1807, and women were effectively barred from voting. Then, in 1838, the British colony of Pitcairn Islands granted women the right to vote. However, the first self-governing country that granted its women the right to vote was New Zealand. It passed a bill, the women's suffrage bill, a few weeks before general elections were due in 1893, thereby legalizing women's right to vote. This bill granted them total voting rights.
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This answer is incorrect. In 1893 New Zealand was still a colony of great Britain and so not actually "self governing". New Zealand did not achieve independence until 1907. Australia was the first self-governing country to give women to right to vote in national elections. This occurred in 1902, just after the six Australian colonies federated and gained independence from G.B. In 1901.
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New Zealand is the first country to give women the vote. It was in the year of 1893.
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Australia was not the first as Aborigine women were barred from voting!

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