Women’s Suffrage in Turkey

Apr 3, 1930

Facts and figures

Leadership and political participation – [UN Women]
‘Women in Politics’ map – [UN Women]
Women in Parliaments: World Classification – [IPU]

Women’s right to vote

On 5 December 1934, Turkish women won the right to vote in national elections, ten years before the women of France.

They had already been able to vote and run for office in local elections since 1930, and the first woman to become a village chief, Gul Esin, was elected at Cine in the province of Aydin in 1933.

But, like almost everywhere else, this historic advance quickly met with strong opposition from the patriarchy and a long struggle lay ahead before women could participate fully in the political life of the country.

Flag of Turkey

Flag of Turkey