So today, is Election Day. A right we’ve had for many years thanks to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other women’s suffrage voices. It’s particularly poignant to me, as it’s my daughter’s first opportunity to vote. I have been reminding her how precious this right is when there are so many women who still can’t exercise their right to vote in many parts of the world.
According to Wikipedia…
Bhutan – One vote per house. Although this applies to both men and women, in practice it currently prevents many more women from voting than men. If the new proposed constitution is voted and ratified, then no restrictions will apply by 2008.
Lebanon – Partial suffrage. Proof of elementary education is required for women but not for men. Voting is compulsory for men but optional for women.
Brunei – No suffrage for women. Neither men nor women have had the right to vote or to stand for election since 1962 because the country is governed by an absolute monarchy.
Saudi Arabia – No suffrage for women. The first local elections ever held in the country occurred in 2005. Women were not given the right to vote or to stand for election.
United Arab Emirates – Limited, but will be fully expanded by 2010.
Vatican City – No suffrage for women; while most men in the Vatican also lack the vote, all persons with suffrage in Papal conclaves (the Cardinals) are male.
We are making progress albeit slower than we would like. The U.S. is number six in the world as the best country to live in. And with 22.9 women without health insurance, for example, we need to step up our consolidated efforts. The advent of social media and so many resources on line, we have the power within our reach to amplify our thoughts and hold companies and the government accountable. Right?