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100 years of universal suffrage is celebrated

Published: 17 December 2018

Today, December 17, the Swedish Parliament begins the celebration of democracy breakthrough in Sweden. Josefin Rönnbäck, researcher in history at Luleå University of Technology, is interviewed by Sveriges Radio.

– Now a long anniversary celebration in Sweden starts and this is one of several different democratic breakthroughs. For example, in 1918, a general and equal right to vote was introduced at the municipal level, says Josefin Rönnbäck to Sveriges Radio. 

On December 17th, hundred years ago, the Parliament took a decision in principle to introduce universal suffrage and on May 24, 1919, the bill passed for women right to vote. To Sveriges Radio, she says that during this time, a revolutionary mood existed and a lot of things occured in Europe, which became the straw that broke the camel's back. 

– But it is important to remember the lobbying and petitions leading up to a change, says Josefin Rönnbäck, who has researched on how men historically have tried to silence women in the public.

She has also written a chapter on voting rights and increased women's representation in the anthology "Rösträttens århundrade. Kampen, utvecklingen och framtiden för demokratin i Sverige", and participates in a seminar in the Parliament to celebrate the anniversary.

Curt Persson, researcher in History at Luleå University of Technology, participates in the anthology "Demokratins genombrott. Människor som formade 1900-talet" and attends a seminar organized by Arenagruppen in ABF-huset the same day.