Did you know that Switzerland only granted women the right to vote in 1971?


Muslim majority countries that gave women the right to vote before Switzerland did.  I’d venture to guess that this is around the same time men were granted the right to vote in most of these countries as well:

  • North Yemen (1970)
  • South Yemen (1967)
  • Afghanistan (1965)
  • Sudan (1964)
  • Libya (1964)
  • Morocco (1963)
  • Iran (1963)
  • Algeria (1962)
  • Mauritania (1961)
  • Sierra Leone (1961)
  • The Gambia (1960)
  • Tunisia (1959)
  • Brunei (1959)
  • Guinea (1958)
  • Burkina Faso (1958)
  • Malaysia (1957)
  • Egypt (1956)
  • Mali (1956)
  • Comoros (1956)
  • Iraq (1948)
  • Niger (1948)
  • Djibouti (1946)
  • Pakistan (1947)



    2 thoughts on “shnikies!

    1. As-Salaamu ‘alaikum,

      In quite a few cases, the countries were still under colonial rule, and inherited female suffrage from their former colonial rulers. Pakistan was part of British India when Britain gave women the right to vote in the 1920s. It would have inherited the British law. Others were under dictatorships, particularly the militant secular regimes in Turkey and Tunisia, and the votes the women cast were in rigged elections.

      However, there is probably some right in saying that it wouldn’t have crossed anyone’s minds in most of those Muslim countries to refuse women the vote.

    2. We didn’t get it until 1940 in Quebec. The other provinces all got it 20 years earlier than us on average. I don’t know why we took so much longer to get our rights.

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