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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Definitions for franchise

  1. The right to vote.
  2. A privilege of a public nature conferred on an individual,group, or company by a government.

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Citations for franchise
One factor in the early mobilization of feminism was the 1832 Reform Act, through which women's exclusion from the franchise was formalized. Angélique Richardson, Chris Willis, The new woman in fiction and in fact: fin-de-siècle feminisms
The national referendum of 1963 reflected general support for the six-point reform program, which included land reform and the franchise for women. Robin Morgan, Sisterhood Is Global: The International Women's Movement Anthology -
Origin of franchise
Franchise derives from the Old French word for "freedom," which shares a root with the English frank.
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