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The right to vote. Universal franchise is a modern phenomenon. In Britain, male franchise was extended in 1832, 1867, and 1884, and became universal in 1918; female franchise was granted in part in 1918 and fully in 1928 (see also suffrage). Earlier, almost no democracy permitted all adult women to vote; Athenian democracy disenfranchised women, slaves, and non‐natives of Athens.

Subjects: European History — History of the Americas.


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