Women’s Suffrage Movement of Europe

1187 WordsOct 6, 20085 Pages
Throughout history, women have struggled for equality in all parts of the world. European women fought for suffrage for an extremely long period of time before they were granted full voting rights. Each country approved women’s suffrage at different times, but it occurred in most European countries in the early 20th century. The first country to develop universal suffrage was Finland in the year 1906(“Women’s Suffrage in Europe”). One of the last countries to become open about women’s voting rights was Switzerland, who didn’t grant women suffrage until 1971(“Women’s Suffrage in Europe”). One of the main reasons why women desired the right to vote was because they wanted to be able to vote for new laws that would eliminate their social…show more content…
Although the United Kingdom was not the first European country to grant women’s suffrage, the movement was much more successful than those in other nations. The supporters of the movement formed the National Union of Women’s Suffrage and hoped to show that women could be respectable and responsible in their political activity (The Western Heritage). The British women’s suffrage movement was more advanced than the ones in France and Germany. Hubertine Auclert was alone in her efforts to get women’s suffrage in France in the 1880’s. The National Council of French Women did not fight for women’s right to vote until years after it was formed. Germany had many laws against political activity for women (The Western Heritage). Therefore, the suffrage movement was very underdeveloped. Another reason why the women’s suffrage movement was not very popular in Germany is because the political organizations did not have very much power and influence in politics. Many women did not feel that having more power in these organizations would help them at all. However, as the years passed, the Union of German Women’s Organizations was founded. This organization focused largely on education for women and improving their social conditions. Women were not granted voting rights until Germany was defeated in war in 1919(The Western Heritage). In comparison to
Open Document