The suffrage procession in the streets of Copenhagen.
Photo: Holger Damgaard

Women's struggle for citizenship

The women's cause and the fight for women's rights officially came on the political agenda in 1871 when the Danish Women's Society was founded.

This year marks 150 years since the first women's organisation was established in Denmark. It happened on 24 February, 1871, when the couple Mathilde and Fredrik Bajer together with a handful of women took the initiative to found the Danish Women's Society. It was the start of a long and tough struggle for a female citizenship that gave unmarried as well as married women civil rights on an equal footing with men. A struggle for gender equality, which is still - 150 years later - in full swing.

We mark the 150th anniversary with a number of stories about some of the many struggles for equality, which the Danish Women's Society has worked for since 1871.

We start with the story of the foundation of the Danish Women's Society and the significance it has had and continues to have today.

In addition, you can read about the suffrage movement, women priests, the "vote for a woman" campaigns for the parliamentary elections, the women's movement as a developer, and married women's demands to be taxed on their own income.

You can also get an overview of the most important milestones in the history of Danish gender equality and get tips on where you can find more information.

A house for women

Photo of the Women's Building with blue sky as background.
After 40 years of intense work, the women's movement finally got its own house and meeting place in 1936, when the Women's Building in Copenhagen was completed.