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When Josephine Rönnbäck goes into the role of Frigga Carlberg, is the hat on.

Brings Frigga Carlberg to the Storting

Published: 11 June 2013

When Norway celebrates 100th anniversary of women's right to vote on June 11 is Josefin Rönnbäck at Luleå University of Technology invited to the Storting in Oslo together with a number of other prominent scientists. The scene will be shared with actors from the National Theatre.

– This whole year has been dedicated to commemorate and celebrate that the women have had political rights for 100 years, but I've had a chance to participate on perhaps the finest day. They organize a seminar at the place where it all happened – the Storting, says Josefin Rönnbäck.

In 1913, when Norway said yes to women's right to vote and became a democracy, the corresponding debate in Sweden was most intense. This is something that Josefin Rönnbäck knows a lot about. Her research has mainly focused on the suffrage movement, as engaged women in Sweden in the early 1900s.

Irony as a weapon

The title of the seminar in the Storting is Power of women's arguments - About rhetoric in the fight for women's right to vote 1880 to 1913. Based on this, will Josefin Rönnbäck tell how the Swedish suffrage women used humor and irony as a weapon.

– The women met with enormous resistance and ridicule. And what do you do in the end? Either you get tired or decide to laugh at the misery. Frigga Carlberg, a woman in the Swedish suffrage movement, chose the latter. She wrote a monologue based on the opponents' arguments. It must have been funny then, but now nearly 100 years later emerges arguments even more silly. It was a way to strengthen the unity and progress in the fight, says Josefin Rönnbäck.

Josefin Rönnbäck has expressed Frigga Carlberg's monologue on a number of occasions, but this time she leaves the script to actors from the National Theatre. Her role is that from a scientific perspective comment on what is being said.

How does it feel?

– It is great fun, flattering and exciting. I have quite a lot of stage fright. I did not realize how big and nice it was from the beginning. It was lucky because then I might not have dared to accept the challenge, says Josefin Rönnbäck.