Women's Votes: Past & Present
I have been thinking lately about the Suffragette movement. It is not something I have ever really concerned myself with since I live in Utah.
Basically in Utah women were given the vote when it was a territory by unanamous legislation in 1869. At the time only the territory of Wyoming also had womens votes. Other states had tried but they were always overturned. In 1887 Congress removed women's votes in Utah and then in 1895 it was written into the Utah State Constitution when it was formed.
The only dissent on the clause was some people who feared that Congress would not approve their statehood with it. But it passed and made Utah one of 3 states the other two were Colorado and Idaho.
the rights of citizens of the State of Utah to vote and hold office shall not be denied or abridged on account of sex. Both male and female citizens of this state shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges.
Point is, it's not that big of a deal here so I've never really concerned myself with it. It doesn't hurt that I come from a long line of well educated women.
I understand however that the Suffragette movement had to really fight for their votes elsewhere, especially in the UK.
It seems to me to be a very timely issue as well since Women's Votes/Rights were a major part of the new Consitiution of Afaganistan and now Iraq.
So I'm wondering two things. What is the history of the Suffragette movement where you live and what do you think of the chances of Women's Votes/Rights in the middle-east?