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Suffrage

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- the right of voting, especially in political elections
 
 
Suffragette - There were no "suffragettes" in the Australian campaign for female suffrage. The term was coined in 1906 by the London Daily Mail to describe those British women who had become disillusioned with the normal channels of agitation and were moving to the more spectacular forms of protest that we associate with Women's Social and Political Union, which was formed in Lancashire in 1903 by Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel.

Suffragist - an advocate of the grant or extension of political suffrage, especially to women. This was the term used in Australia for the women advocating the right to vote.


In 1893 New Zealand was the first country to give its women the vote. Australia was the second, when in 1902 the first Commonwealth Parliament used its power to proclaim adult suffrage (with some exceptions) for future federal elections.

References:

Oldfield, Audrey, Woman suffrage in Australia: a gift or a struggle?, Melbourne: CUP, 1992

The Macquarie Dictionary, 2nd ed.


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