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How Swedish women won the right to vote

A women's suffrage rally in Strängnäs, Sweden, in 1916. Photo: TT

Published: 05.Sep.2018 17:10 hrs

One hundred years ago, the Swedish parliament voted to give women the right to vote. The Local's contributor Victoria Martínez tells the story of how the fight was won.

Less than a century ago, in September 1921, Swedish women voted for the first time in a national election. Though they had waited two years since becoming fully enfranchised in 1919, the real struggle had been overcoming the voting regulations that Swedish political scientist Torbjörn Vallinder described as "among the most undemocratic in Europe".

Swedish women had technically held the same rights to vote in municipal elections as men since 1862, thanks to the gender-neutral terminology of the law. For both men and women, however, this right was limited to those who owned and paid taxes on property at a certain level. Since legal restrictions on women's property rights meant that far fewer women than men met this requirement, the reality was that only a small number of women could actually vote at the local level.

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