July 19th

On this day in 1848, the first women’s rights convention, the Seneca Falls Convention, was held in New York, focusing on “the social, civil, and religious condition and rights” of women. Organised principally by female quakers, they approached prominent female orators like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott to lead proceedings. Mott, like many others, had…

April 27th

Today, 23 years ago, the first general election was held in South Africa in which people were not excluded from the franchise based on race, bringing an end to white minority rule and seeing Nelson Mandela become the nation’s first President.