Women’s Suffrage for Fundamental Rights

Day 28 of Colourisation Project – June 4

Challenge: to publish daily a colourised photo that has some significance around the day of publication.

On this day, June 4, 1919, the American Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the Constitution granting women the right to vote. It was ratified August 18, 1920. You have to ask why it took so long.

Six years earlier on the very same day, June 4th, suffragette, Emily Davison ran out in front of King George V’s horse at the Epsom Derby. She died four days later.

Women’s suffrage emerged and took hold worldwide in late 19th century but it wasn’t until the early 20th century that many countries began to grant women the right to vote:  Finland – 1906, Norway – 1913, Denmark and Iceland – 1915, the Netherlands – 1917, Austria, Azerbaijan, Canada, Czechoslovakia, Georgia, Poland and Sweden – 1918, Germany and Luxembourg – 1919, UK – 1928, Spain – 1931, France – 1944, Belgium, Italy, Romania and Yugoslavia – 1946 and it was not until 1971 that Switzerland gave women the right to vote, and Liechtenstein in 1984.

Australia and New Zealand led the way in granting women the right to vote. In new Zealand it was granted in 1893. Before Federation in Australia – it was South Australia in 1895 and Western Australia in 1899. At the Federal level this right was granted in 1902 whilst at State level it was NSW – 1902; Tasmania – 1903; Queensland – 1905 and Victoria – 1908.

Ashamedly however, it wasn’t until 1962 that the right to vote in federal elections was granted to Australian Aboriginal women who, along with Aboriginal men, had been specifically excluded from the franchise in Australia by the Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902, an Act of the Parliament of Australia which defined who was and wasn’t allowed to vote in Australian federal elections.

American Suffragists

American Suffragists General Rosalie Jones, Jessie Stubbs and Colonel Ida Craft ~ Source: Library of Congress – ggbain 10997 circa 1912 Colourised by Loredana Crupi


“Trust in God: She will provide.”  Emmeline Pankhurst

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