Women’s Right to Vote in Turkey
Apr 3, 1930

Number of female heads of state to date: 1

Turkey’s suffragettes: Politics still wears a moustache

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.

Facts and figures

Leadership and political participation – [UN Women]
Women in Parliaments: World Classification – [IPU]