04/30 – The Philippine Women’s Suffrage Referendum

Filipino president Manuel L. Quezon, a proponent of women's rights, depicted in a 1937 editorial cartoon. (Flickr) On this day in 1937, women in the Philippines won the right to vote after a national referendum. A full 90% of participants supported women's suffrage, a surprise result in a country that still (in many areas) embraced…

02/12 – The Lahore Protests for Gender Equality

Women protesting in Lahore during the 1980s. (Pinterest) On this day in 1983, 100 women gathered in Lahore, Pakistan, to protest the Qanun-e-Shahadat (or Law of Evidence). Proposed by Pakistani dictator Zia-ul-Haq, the bill held that, in civil court, a man's word counted for twice as much as a woman's. Naturally, the Law of Evidence…

12/09 – La Fronde

Marguerite Durand. (Jules Cayron) On this day in 1897, French activist Marguerite Durand founded La Fronde, a feminist newspaper based in Paris. Unlike most publications of the time that targeted women, Durand's paper covered more "masculine" topics: politics, sports, philosophy. Referring to the 1648 Fronde (slingshot) uprisings against French monarchy, the paper was run entirely…