List of suffragists and suffragettes

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This list of suffragists and suffragettes includes noted individuals active in the worldwide women's suffrage movement who have campaigned or strongly advocated for women's suffrage, the organizations which they formed or joined, and the publications which publicized – and, in some nations, continue to publicize – their goals. Suffragists and suffragettes, often members of different groups and societies, used or use differing tactics. For example, "suffragette" in the British usage denotes a more "militant" type of campaigner, while suffragettes in the United States organized such nonviolent events as the Suffrage Hikes, the Woman Suffrage Procession of 1913, and the Silent Sentinels.

Statue of Esther Hobart Morris, located at the front exterior of the Wyoming State Capitol



  • Dora Meeson Coates (1869–1955) - artist, member of Royal Institute of Oil Painters in London, member of British Artists' Suffrage League
  • Edith Cowan (1861–1932) - politician, social campaigner, first woman elected to an Australian parliament
  • Fanny Furner (1864–1938) - activist
  • Belle Theresa Golding (1864–1940) - public servant
  • Kate Dwyer (1861–1949) - schoolteacher and Labor leader
  • Vida Goldstein (1869–1949) - feminist politician, first woman in British Empire to stand for election to a national parliament
  • Serena Lake - English-born, South Australian evangelical preacher, social reformer, campaigner for women's suffrage
  • Louisa Lawson (1848–1920) - poet, writer, publisher, feminist, mother of the poet and author Henry Lawson
  • Mary Lee (1821–1909) - Irish-Australian social reformer
  • Muriel Matters (1877–1969) - lecturer, journalist, educator, actress, elocutionist, best known for her work on behalf of Women's Freedom League
  • May Jordan McConnel (1860–1929) - first paid female trade union organiser in Queensland, one of the founders of the Brisbane Women's Union
  • Emma Miller (1839–1917) - pioneer trade union organiser, key figure in organisations which led to the founding of the Australian Labor Party in Brisbane, Queensland
  • Rose Scott (1847–1925) - women's rights activist in New South Wales
  • Catherine Helen Spence (1825–1910) - Scottish-born author, teacher, journalist, politician, called the "Greatest Australian Woman," commemorated on the Australian five-dollar note issued for the Centenary of Federation of Australia
  • Jessie Street (1889–1970) - feminist, human rights campaigner


  • Marianne Hainisch (1839–1936) - founder and leader of the Austrian women's movement, mother of first President of Austria
  • Ernestine von Fürth, née Kisch (1877–1946) - Austrian-Jewish women's activist, founder and leader of the women's suffrage movement in Austria
  • Rosa Welt-Straus (1856–1938) - feminist, first Austrian woman to earn a medical degree


  • Marie Popelin (1846–1913) - founded the Belgian League for Women's Rights in 1892
  • Isala Van Diest (1842–1916) - first female medical doctor and first female university graduate in Belgium


  • Celina Guimarães Viana (1890–1972) - Brazilian professor and suffragist; first woman to vote in Brazil
  • Ivone Guimarães (1908–1999) - Brazilian professor, suffragist and activist; one of the first women to vote in Brazil
  • Alzira Soriano (1897–1963) - Brazilian politician


Mabel Capper (3rd from right, with petition) and fellow suffragettes, 1910



  • Edith Archibald (1854–1936) - writer who led the Maritime Women's Christian Temperance Union and the National Council of Women of Canada and the Local Council of Women of Halifax
  • Laura Borden (1861–1940) - wife of Sir Robert Laird Borden, the eighth Prime Minister of Canada
  • Henrietta Muir Edwards (1849–1931) - women's rights activist and reformer
  • Gertrude Harding (1889-1977) - one of the highest-ranking and longest-lasting members of the Women's Social and Political Union
  • Anna Leonowens (1831–1915) - travel writer, educator and social activist
  • Nellie McClung (1873–1951) - politician, author, social activist, member of The Famous Five
  • Louise McKinney (1868–1931) - politician, women's rights activist, Alberta legislature
  • Emily Murphy (1868–1933) - women's rights activist, jurist, author
  • Irene Parlby (1868–1965) - women's farm leader, activist, politician
  • Eliza Ritchie (1856–1933) - educator and member of the executive of the Local Council of Women of Halifax
  • Emily Stowe (1831–1903) - doctor, campaigned for the country's first medical college for women


  • Henrietta Müller (1846–1906) - Chilean-British women's rights activist and theosophist
  • Marta Vergara (1898-1995) - co-founder of MEMch; Inter-American Commission of Women delegate


  • Lin Zongsu (1878-1944) - founder of the first suffrage organization in China


  • Lucila Rubio de Laverde co-founder of the suffrage organizations, Unión Femenina de Colombia (Women's Union of Colombia) (UFC) and the Alianza Femenina de Colombia (Women's Alliance of Colombia)
  • María Currea Manrique (1890-1985) - co-founder of the suffrage organizations, Unión Femenina de Colombia (Women's Union of Colombia) (UFC) and the Alianza Femenina de Colombia (Women's Alliance of Colombia)


  • Mathilde Fibiger (1830–1872) - feminist writer
  • Eline Hansen (1859–1919) - co-founder of Dansk Kvinderaad, later Danske Kvinders Nationalråd (DKN)
  • Line Luplau (1823-1891) - co-founder and chairperson of the Danske Kvindeforeningers Valgretsforbund or DKV
  • Elna Munch (1871-1945) - co-founder of the Landsforbundet for Kvinders Valgret (National Association for Women's Suffrage) or LKV
  • Louise Nørlund (1854-1919) - co-founder and chairperson of the Danske Kvindeforeningers Valgretsforbund or DKV
  • Johanne Rambusch (1865-1944) - co-founder of the Landsforbundet for Kvinders Valgret (Country Association for Women's Suffrage) or LKV
  • Caroline Testman (1839-1919) - co-founder and chairman of the Dansk Kvindesamfund





Bust of Clara Zetkin









  • Emily Bisharat (d. 2004), first female lawyer in Jordan, fought for women's suffrage


  • Melitta Marxer (1923-2015) - one of the "Sleeping Beauties" who took the issue of women's suffrage to the Council of Europe in 1983


New Zealander


  • Josefa Toledo de Aguirre, also called Josefa Emilia Toledo Murillo (1866–1962) - Nicaraguan feminist, writer and reform pedagogue


  • Randi Blehr (1851-1928) - chairperson and co-founder of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights
  • Anna Bugge (1862-1928) - chairman of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights
  • Betzy Kjelsberg (1866-1950) - co-founder of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights (1884), the National Association for Women's Suffrage (1885)
  • Gina Krog (1847-1916) - co-founder of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights
  • Ragna Nielsen (1845-1924) - chairperson of the Norwegian Association for Women's Rights
  • Thekla Resvoll (1871-1948) - head of the Norwegian Female Student’s Club and on the board of the women's suffrage movement (Kvinnestemmeretsforeningen)
  • Anna Rogstad (1854-1938) - vice president of the Association for Women's Suffrage




Puerto Rican



South African


  • Clara Campoamor (1888–1972) - added language into the writing of the Spanish constitution of 1931 giving women the right to vote in Spain



  • Simone Chapuis-Bischof (born March 16, 1931) - head of the Association Suisse Pour les Droits de la Femme (ADF) and the president of the journal Femmes Suisses
  • Caroline Farner (1842–1913) - the second female Swiss doctor
  • Marie Goegg-Pouchoulin (1842–1913) - Swiss doctor and campaigner for the Swiss women's movement
  • Marthe Gosteli (1917–2017) - Swiss suffrage activist and creator of the Swiss archive of women's history
  • Ursula Koch (born 1941) - politician, refused the 'male' oath in the Zürich cantonal parliament; first women president of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (SP)
  • Emilie Lieberherr (1924–2011) - Swiss politician who was a leading figure in the final struggle for women suffrage in Switzerland, and the famous 1969 March to Bern for women suffrage
  • Rosa Neuenschwander (1883–1962) - pioneer in vocational education, founder of the Schweizerische Landfrauenverband or SLFV (Swiss Country Association for Women Suffrage)
  • Julie von May (von Rued)
  • Helene von Mülinen (1850–1924) - founder of Switzerland's organized suffrage movement; created and served as first president of Bund Schweizerischer Frauenvereine (BSF)


United States


  • Paulina Luisi Janicki (1875-1949) - leader of the feminist movement in Uruguay, first Uruguayan woman to earn a medical degree in Uruguay (1909)



Major suffrage organizations

Women's suffrage publications

Back cover of The Woman Citizen magazine from Jan 19, 1918

See also


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