Timeline of Women’s Suffrage Granted, by Country

New Zealeand was the first country to allow women to vote (1893), which the King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia granted women the right to vote in 2011. The United States finally began allowing women to vote in 1920, after the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Year Country
1893 New Zealand
1902 Australia*
1906 Finland
1913 Norway
1915 Denmark
1917 Canada**
1918 Austria, Germany, Poland, Russia
1919 Netherlands
1920 United States
1921 Sweden
1928 Britain, Ireland
1931 Spain
1934 Turkey
1944 France
1945 Italy
1947 Argentina, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan
1949 China
1950 India
1954 Columbia
1957 Malaysia, Zimbabwe
1962 Algeria
1963 Iran, Morocco
1964 Libya
1967 Equador
1971 Switzerland
1972 Bangladesh
1974 Jordan
1976 Portugal
1988 Namibia
1990 Western Samoa
1993 Kazahkstan, Moldova
1994 South Africa
2005 Kuwait
2006 United Arab Emirates
2011 Saudi Arabia

NOTES: *Australia women, with the exception of aboriginal women, won the vote in 1902. Aborigines, male and female, did not have the right to vote until 1962.
**Canadian women, with the exception of Canadian First Nation women, won the vote in 1917. Canadian First Nation, male and female, did not win the vote until 1960.Source: The New York Times, May 22, 2005.