SWITZERLAND: No Votes for Women

Democratic, progressive Switzerland finds itself in strange company on one point. It is one of only 14 countries in which women are barred from voting. The others: Afghanistan, Colombia, Costa Rica, Haiti, Honduras, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia.

Last December the nation's chief executive body, the Federal Council, ruled that the woman suffrage question was "too premature" for national consideration. It recommended that votes for women be tried out first on the local level. Last week in the canton of Vaud, a test referendum was held. Result: Vaud...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!