The Origins of Women’s Suffrage

How the Wild West, industrialisation, and public education led to votes for women

Adam M Wakeling
8 min readMar 11, 2021

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British poster by the Women’s Social and Political Union, 1909 (Wikimedia Commons).

AtAt the outbreak of the First World War in July 1914, three countries had fully enfranchised women at a national level. They were New Zealand (1893), Australia (1902), and Norway (1913). The Grand Duchy of Finland, then part of the Russian Empire, had enfranchised women in…

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Adam M Wakeling

Adam Wakeling is an Australian writer, lawyer and historian. He is online at https://www.amwakeling.com/ and on Twitter @AdamMWakeling.