The fight for universal voting rights isn't an exclusively American story. Every country on Earth has gone through, or is currently going through; it's own version of women's suffrage.
Here are some of the women that pushed for that change and helped create a better world for women everywhere.
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(1908-1975) In addition to storming parliament and enacting weeks-long hunger strikes to force change in her country, Doria Shafik lived out the later part of her life as a political prisoner under house arrest. Her sacrifices and bravery helped earn women the right to vote in Egypt and paved the way for modern political movements taking place in the country.
Aung San Suu Kyi
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Before becoming Chairman of National League for Democracy Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under house arrest for 15 years. She's since bounced back in a huge way, announcing a run for president in Myanmar’s 2015 election.
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(1888-1972) An early fighter for women's voting rights in Europe, Clara Compoamor helped found the International Federation of Female Lawyers and advocated for strict child labor laws. When her own party opposed women’s right to vote, she switched sides, eventually becoming a political outcast, and fled the country during Spanish Civil War.
Dr. Hatoon Ajwad al-Fassi
The biggest struggle for women's suffrage is currently happening in Saudi Arabia.
For the first time this year, women will be allowed to vote and run for office in the Saudi government.
As a highly regarded women’s rights activist in Saudi Arabia, Dr. Hatoon Ajwad al-Fassi is a leader in the country's democratic movement, currently fighting for voter education and civil rights.