The first female vote in Latin America

On the first Sunday in July of the year 1927, the female vote was exercised for the first time in Latin America, which was on the 3rd of that month and marked a revolutionary change in democracy for all women on this side of the world. This event took place in Uruguay, during the Cerro Chato plebiscite; a small town located in the central west of that country. The elections were held with 356 voters, of whom more than one hundred were women, this figure was impressive for the time. According to


historical records, the first woman to enroll in the voter registry was a Brazilian based in Uruguay by the name of Rita Ribera. However, the first women to enter their vote in the electoral polls were Martina Fros and Justina Jacinta Sánchez de Santana. Without a doubt, no one would imagine that this event would not only be forever recorded in history but also marked a before and after for Uruguay and for the entire Latin American continent. After this event, Uruguay became the first Latin American country and the sixth country in the world to allow the female population the right to vote, since five years later in 1932; Parliament approves that women can choose and also be elected. And finally eleven years after the event in Cerro Chato; Finally, Uruguayan women were able to exercise their right to vote for the first time at the national level. Although for many historians the events that occurred in the Cerro Chato plebiscite were of great importance to allow the female vote in Latin America, they were not taken into account; since it did not involve a decision on a political fact as such. Currently, the building where this suffrage was held is considered a Historical Heritage of Uruguay and was the seat of the Bank of the Republic of this country until 1960.

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