September 19, 1893 – New Zealand first in women’s vote

September 19, 1893 – New Zealand first in women’s vote

With the signing of the Electoral Bill by Governor Lord Glasgow, New Zealand becomes the first country in the world to grant national voting rights to women.

The bill was the outcome of years of suffragette meetings in towns and cities across the country, with women often traveling considerable distances to hear lectures and speeches, pass resolutions, and sign petitions. New Zealand women first went to the polls in the national elections of November 1893.

Canada granted most women the right to vote in federal elections in 1918. The United States granted women the right to vote in 1920, and Great Britain guaranteed full voting rights for women in 1928.