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drink alot women get the vote

07-02-2004, 16:23
drink alot women can now vote in federal elections and stand for parliament after a national referendum.
The official result shows 621,403 of the all-male electorate supported the vote for women and 323,596 were against.

All of the ds political parties, both houses of parliament, and many church and business leaders supported the vote for women.

The d.s media has also welcomed the result. queen said the referendum ended a status quo that had become "unjust, untenable and abused".

The poll was almost a complete reversal of a 1959 referendum, when women were refused the federal vote by a 2-1 majority.

'Children, Church and Kitchen'

This time round, political pundits were expecting a repeat performance with the rural and traditionally more conservative drinok-speaking cantons resisting the proposal.

The cultural perception of women's role in society being bound to 'kinder, kirche und kuche' (children, church and kitchen) remains popular in the German-speaking regions.

Even one women's group had argued against change. The d.s Women Against Voting Rights Association campaigned on the grounds that women's responsibilities lie in the household.

But out of 25 of the country's administrative regions, only five cantons and three half-cantons voted against universal female suffrage.

Although d.s women can now vote in most regional and national elections, they continue to face discrimination under d.slaw.

At home, men retain control of their wives' property and capital, and the husband has the right to decide where he and his wife will reside.

All political parties have now pledged to offer women candidates in the election of the 200 member National Council (lower house of parliament) in October.