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List of suffragists and suffragettes

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, suffragettes in the British usage denotes a more "militant" type of campaigner, and suffragettes in the United States organized such nonviolent events as the Silent Sentinels, the Suffrage Hikes, and the Woman Suffrage Parade of 1913.

American (United States)


  • Eva Perón (1919–1952) - Speaker and writer for suffrage, women's suffrage passed during her first year as First Lady of Argentina


  • 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
  • Vida Goldstein (1869–1949) - feminist politician, first woman in British Empire to stand for election to a national parliament
  • 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
  • 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
  • Serena Lake - English-born, South Australian evangelical preacher, social reformer, campaigner for women's suffrage
  • Emily Davison (1872-1913) - She is best known for stepping in front of King George V's horse Anmer at the Epsom Derby on 4 June 1913, sustaining injuries that resulted in her death four days later. Emily Davison's funeral on 14 June 1913 was organised by the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU).


  • 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


File:Mabel Capper and Fellow Suffragettes 1910.jpg
Mabel Capper (3rd from right, with petition) and fellow Suffragettes 1910



  • 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
  • Louise Nørlund (1854-1919) - 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
  • 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 of the Dansk Kvindesamfund











New Zealand


  • Randi Blehr (1851-1928) - Chairperson, co-founder, 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, 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) - vicepresident 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.



  • Marianne Ehrmann (1755–1795) - one of the first women novelists and publicists in the German-speaking countries
  • Caroline Farner (1842–1913) - the second female Swiss doctor
  • Marie Goegg-Pouchoulin (1842–1913) - Swiss doctor and campaigner for the Swiss women's movement.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Ursula Koch (born 1941) - politician, refused the 'male' oath in the Zürich cantonal parliament, and the first women president of the Social Democratic Party of Switzerland (SP)


Major suffrage organizations

Women's suffrage publications

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

See also


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