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Women’s Power to the Vote
100 Years of Women’s Vote in Europe

Women in Finland were the first in Europe to be granted the general right to vote in 1906, and then finally Liechtenstein followed suit in 1984. While the first feminist movement gave the initial impulse, the last-mentioned countries in the list below were only able via the second feminist movement to achieve civil rights for women. For more than 100 years, women fought bans, ignorance and prejudice using their courage, endurance, and imagination. However, they had to overcome several hurdles – they had to fulfil certain conditions that did not apply for men: these were either a mature age, higher education, morally faultless conduct, or even maternity.

Introduction of the women’s vote in the countries represented in the exhibition:

1906 – Finland
1913 – Norway
1915 – Denmark, Iceland
1917 – Estonia
1918 – Poland, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Latvia
1919 – Netherlands
1921 – Sweden
1928 – Great Britain
1931 – Spain
1944 – France
1945 – Slovenia, Hungary, Bulgaria
1946 – Italy
1952 – Greece
1971 – Switzerland
1984 – Liechtenstein

The exhibition shows the development of the women’s vote in 22 European countries and introduces individual feminists who were especially involved. It consists of information boards in German and English as well as photomurals. Furthermore, there are historic objects from various countries such as posters, postcards and pins, but also every-day objects that have the demand and request for the women’s vote printed on them, such as a thimble or a shopping bag. In addition to the historical part, a lot of female artists from various European countries are dealing with the women’s vote. In that sense, the exhibition does not only grow more personal, it also gains an additional dimension by means of the contemporary artists including the current, complete with female politicians. The topic of “powerful women” gets explored from a new angle. The exhibition was developed in cooperation with the Women’s Museum at Aarhus in Denmark and with the Women’s Foundation eFKa in Krakow, where it was being shown in 2007. Other associated partners of this project were the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Bonn, the University Library of Gothenburg, the Metropolitan Library in London, the Archive and Information Centre for Women’s History in Amsterdam, the Swiss Social Archive in Zurich and the Marguerite Durand-Bibliothèque in Paris, all of whom loaned out historical exhibits. The exhibition was funded in part by the European Union’s “Culture Programme 2000”. Parts of the exhibition can be borrowed from the Women’s Museum by agreement. So far, the exhibition has been seen in..., and will in the future be seen in...

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Women's museums, which have joined the network "womeninmuseum"

Europe:

Albanien
Belgien
Dänemark
Deutschland
Frankreich
Irland
Italien
Niederlande
Norwegen
Österreich
Schweden
Schweiz
Türkei
Ukraine

Northamerica:

USA

Southamerica:

Argentinien
Costa Rica
Mexiko
Peru

Africa:

Elfenbeinküste
Gambia
Senegal
Sudan
Südafrika
Zentralafrikanische Republik

Asia:

China
Iran
Korea
Südvietnam
Vietnam

Australia:

Australien