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Philippine women's suffrage plebiscite, 1937

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Yes  444,725
Total votes  492,032
No  44,307
492,032  100.00%
444,725  7001909400000000000♠90.94%
44,307  7000906000000000000♠9.06%

The issue concerning women's suffrage in the Philippines was settled in a special plebiscite held on April 30, 1937. Ninety percent of voters were in favor of the measure. Founded by Pura Villanueva Kalaw, who was a women's rights pioneer, Association Feminista Llonga was created in 1906 and Association Feminista Filipino (Feminist Association of the Philippines) was founded in 1905 which was founded by Concepcion Felix Rodriguez along with 12 elite women. Both of these organizations not only helped the suffrage movement, but they were also one of the first organizations that built a foundation for the suffrage movement in the Philippines. The objectives of the organizations were to touch upon socio-civic matters some of which were prison reform, improving the education system and healthcare and labor reforms.

In compliance with the 1935 Constitution, the National Assembly passed a law which extended the right of suffrage to women, a right which still remains.

As mandated by Commonwealth Act No. 34, women who met the same qualification as men voted in the plebiscite. Those who were opposed to the women's suffrage movement were not only men, but also women.

86 percent of those who registered for the plebiscite made a vote. Those who registered comprise 29 percent of women voters eligible for the plebiscite.

References

Philippine women's suffrage plebiscite, 1937 Wikipedia


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