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Forging the Franchise

Dawn Langan Teele


In the 1880s, women were barred from voting in all national-level elections, but by 1920 they were going to the polls in nearly thirty countries. What caused this massive change? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it was not because of progressive ideas about women or suffragists' pluck. In most countries, elected politicians fiercely resisted enfranchising women, preferring to extend such rights only when it seemed electorally prudent and necessary to do so. This book demonstrates that the formation of a broad movement across social divides, and strategic alliances with political parties in com ... More

Keywords: voting rights, women, political inclusion, electoral influence, suffrage movement, female voters, suffragists, political emancipation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691180267
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691180267.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dawn Langan Teele, author
The University of Pennsylvania