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Ecuador: new constitution passes the law for women suffrage

03/03/1929

Ecuador was the first South American country to grant women the right to vote. However, for women the vote would remain optional until 1967, while for men the vote was compulsory. 

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Ecuador es líder regional en el voto femenino. PúblicaFM (Español).

Ecuador y el voto femenino. El Telégrafo (Español).

Matilde Hidalgo

Matilde Hidalgo was a pivotal figure in the fight for women's rights in Ecuador. In 1924, she argued in court for her right to vote, taking into advantage the lack of any gender-based restrictions in the 1897 Ecuatorian Constitution. She became the first Ecuatorian and Latina woman to vote, paving the way for the change in law that would arrive with the 1929 Constitution.

Matilde Hidalgo

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Ecuador, primer país latinoamericano que garantizó el voto de la mujer
Ecuador, primer país latinoamericano que garantizó el voto de la mujer

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Published in 16/08/2019

Updated in 19/02/2021

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