Wednesday, September 7, 2011

On September 7

On this day in ...
... 1955, the Congress of Peru passed a law that recognized all women of "legal age, who could read and write" as citizens -- a formal recognition that made women eligible to vote in Peru for the 1st time. The Congress' website credits the international adoption in 1948 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with inspiring in Peru "new ideas about the equality of rights and obligations of people of both sexes," including that "women are recognized as entitled to full enjoyment of the right of suffrage and to participate as candidates in elections." Following the enactment of Peruvian Law N° 12391 on this day, the number of voters doubled, and in elections the following year, 1 woman was elected to the Senate and 7 to the House of Representatives. (credit for 1956 photo of Peruvian women at ballot box)

(Prior September 7 posts are here, here, here, and here.)

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