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By Lee Ann Banaszak

Wyoming turned the 1st American country to undertake girl suffrage in 1869--a time whilst no nation authorised girls to vote. whilst the final Swiss canton enfranchised girls in 1990, few international locations barred girls from the polls. Why did pro-suffrage activists within the usa and Switzerland have such various luck? evaluating suffrage campaigns in forty-eight American states and twenty-five Swiss cantons, Lee Ann Banaszak argues that flow strategies, ideals, and values are serious in realizing why political hobbies be triumphant or fail. The Swiss suffrage movement's ideals in consensus politics and native autonomy and their reliance on executive events for info restricted their tactical choices--often in dazzling methods. compared, the yank suffrage move, with its alliances to the abolition, temperance, and innovative routine, overcame ideals in neighborhood autonomy and engaged in a much broader array of confrontational strategies within the fight for the vote. Drawing on interviews with sixty Swiss suffrage activists, specific legislative histories, census fabrics, and unique archival fabrics from either nations, Banaszak blends qualitative historic inquiry with informative statistical analyses of nation and cantonal point information. The publication expands our realizing of the function of political possibilities and the way they have interaction with the ideals and values of pursuits and the societies they search to alter.

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