Review of Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women's Vote
Journal of Economic Literature
no. 3, September 2022
Recent years have seen several 100-year anniversaries of the women's vote, and today universal and equal suffrage is an inseparable part of democracy. Dawn Teele's book, Forging the Franchise,
is an inquiry into the reasons why male politicians elected by male voters gave women the right to vote in the United Kingdom, the United States, and France. It offers a theory of the political origins
that focuses on electoral expediency and mobilization of women's groups and it provides quantitative evidence from the three countries. It argues that women got the right to vote when the
incumbents saw and needed an electoral advantage of expanding the right to vote to females. The book is of interest not only to those who want a deeper understanding of the historical process of
women's enfranchisement or who are interested in the political economy of democratization, but to everyone with a concern about gender inequality in politics today.
Aidt, Toke S.
"Review of Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women's Vote."
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