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Archive and Research Centre for Women's History

Archive and Research Centre for Women's History

Exhibition on Women and the Right to Vote in Belgium 1789-1948

The travelling exhibition ‘A Woman, a Vote/Voice’ explores through thirty colorful panels how women’s political rights were discussed and obtained between 1789 – 1948.

Because women did not have the right to vote – not even partially, up to 1920 – they seem absent on the political scene. Where were women during the Brabantian and later during the Belgian Revolution? Did they demand more rights, just like their peers during the French Revolution? What were their beliefs on qualitative education for girls, and which women were the at the cradle of an organized women’s movement, at the end of the 19th century?  In what way did party politics influence the parliamentary debates on women’s right to vote? And how did the political parties deal with their newly gained target audience after the attribution of the municipal right to vote in 1920?

The exhibition aims to answer these questions. “A Woman, a Vote/Voice” shows that women have always been part of the social debate, and wants to urge visitors to consider gender stereotyping and social conventions. The exhibition is bilingual (French/Dutch).

  • The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue (available in French and Dutch).
  • The technical information to borrow it can be found here.