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Do Women’s Votes Matter?
The vote is a symbol of a citizen's full participation in government affairs. A vote is a consent to laws, rules and regulations, sometimes freely given, other times with notable hesitation. Historically, as democracies were established, the right to vote soon followed--at least for men, not for women and members of non-dominant racial groups...
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Do Women Have to Vote for Women?
Recently, there has been a lot of criticism of current women leaders by leaders of women's organizations, asking whether they are accountable to women in their countries. This includes Senator Hillary Clinton, who is running for President in the U.S., President Cristina Fernandez in Argentina and Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany...
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Tell Us Your Voting Memories
In September, the Women, Power and Politics exhibition tackles the topic of voting. We will look at women's suffrage movements, where women can and cannot vote, what women voters want, and much more. We reached out to our community participants and asked them to send us their voting memories: Read the story...
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Victoria Woodhull
In 1872, women were not allowed to vote. But that didn't stop activist, businesswoman and spiritualist Victoria Woodhull from running for president. She nominated Frederic Douglass, a former slave, as her running mate.
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Then and Now: Faces of Suffrage
For many women around the world, the fight for the right to vote is simply a history lesson--something that happened long ago in black and white. But for far too many other women, voting is a privilege they are still denied. They are fighting today, and will continue in the tomorrows to come, to have their voices heard...
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Kuwaiti Women’s 1st Election Day
Until June 26, 2006, women were not allowed to vote or run for election in Kuwait. On that historic day, thousands of Kuwaiti women waited in sweltering 102-degree heat to cast their vote for the first time in their country's history. Unfortunately, out of 28 women who ran for parliament, not one was elected, although many fared well...
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Saudi Arabia: Women Without the Vote
Businesswoman and women's rights activist Rasha Hifzi grew up and lives in a part of the world earmarked as one of the few remaining countries where women still do not have the right to vote for their representatives in government: Saudi Arabia...
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Freeing Finnish Women’s Voices
Finland became the first country in Europe to grant women the right to vote in 1906, and the first country in the world where women could run for office. In 2000, Finns elected their first female president, Tarja Halonen, who won a second term in 2006. Although substantial progress has been made, the roles of Finnish women--in the political, professional, and social spheres--continue to evolve...
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A Satire on Voting in Iran
At the start of the 2001 Iranian film Secret Ballot (Raye Makhfi), elements of the story miraculously come together to fulfill a mission by orders of the government . First, a box containing ballots, a list of candidates and instructions for voting falls from the sky. It lands on the shore of a remote island where an armed border patrol officer just happens to be stationed...
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Electing Dragons
Until 2008, election law in the tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan allowed only one vote per household. Even though Bhutanese women hold the majority of property deeds and run households, those votes were almost always cast by men. This year, Bhutan enacted universal suffrage--granting the vote to all adult men and women...
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