Category: Women in history

8. July 2020

20th / 21st century | War/battle

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Sempach 1940 – Souvenir des internés français

by Kurt Messmer

In 1940, General Guisan stood on the battlefield and called for resistance. Meanwhile, French internees wanted to sing the Marseillaise. Yet again, women were responsible for their welfare. ‘Allons les femmes de la patrie.’

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17. June 2020

Middle Ages | Religion

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Uprising in the convent

by Christine Keller

From today’s perspective, it seems unthinkable that nuns would rebel, put up violent resistance and ignore ecclesiastical regulations. But during the reform efforts in the 15th century, this was not an unusual occurrence.

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3. June 2020

20th / 21st century | Women in history

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Female focus

by Ricabeth Steiger

In the history of professional photography, there are fewer well-known female photographers than male ones. There have, of course, been more male photographers overall, but this has also been due in part to social convention.

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25. March 2020

Middle Ages | Women in history

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Nuns – Powerful women in the Middle Ages

by Andrej Abplanalp

Medieval nuns – the phrase brings to mind a group of women living in seclusion behind convent walls, devoting themselves to their faith. But a look at history gives a very different picture.

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3. December 2019

20th / 21st century | Technology

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Please connect me! Automating our telephone exchanges

by Luca Thanei

On 3 December 1959, PTT replaced Switzerland’s last manual telephone exchange with a fully automated switching system. This major feat of engineering also signalled the end of the switchboard girl, or ‘Fräulein vom Amt’, as the telephone operators were known.

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