Action of the Day - Learn about Melitta Marxer
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Why after 100 years of women voting in New Zealand... Why after Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had been serving for 5 years... Why even with the women's movement all around the world... Why did it take until 1984 for women to have the right to vote?
Melitta Marxer was a woman fiercely committed to the idea that men and women should be equal and should have a vote in their country's elections. Through her leadership, the last remaining Western European country who did not recognize women voters gained the women's right to vote.
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Marxer and other feminists then turned their attention to the referendum held in 1968 for women's suffrage, which failed. The women formed the Committee for Women's Suffrage (German: Komitée für das Frauenstimmrecht) to work towards gaining the vote. In 1971 and 1973, referenda failed with the majority blocking enfranchisement. Unable to make headway, in 1981, Marxer and other feminists formed Aktion Dornröschen, which technically means thorny rose, but was a play on words for the German name of the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty". The women brought a complaint to the Constitutional Court charging that their rights had been abridged. In 1982, the case was dismissed. The government refused to reevaluate the situation, forcing Marxer and 11 other Sleeping Beauty activists to take other action. They traveled throughout Europe speaking about their lack of rights. In 1983, they arrived in Strasbourg, France, where Marxer and the others brought their concerns before the Council of Europe. The move brought criticism at home, for putting the country in the international spotlight, but it was effective. On 2 July 1984, the male voters in Liechtenstein granted full voting rights to women.