Category: Women in history

5. July 2019

20th / 21st century | Women in history

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The Italian girls of Migros

by Gabriel Heim

With the ‘Trentino Promotion’ launched by Gottlieb Duttweiler, a first wave of young Italian women took up positions in Swiss households in 1946.

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14. June 2019

20th / 21st century | Politics

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The women’s strike day of 1991

by Andrej Abplanalp

In 1991, Swiss women went on strike for the first time. They took to the streets to demonstrate for equal pay and equal job opportunities. 28 years later, the demands are still the same.

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10. April 2019

Modern Age | War/battle

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Handsome men for ‘Frau Hauptmannin’

by Nathalie Büsser

Swiss mercenaries – think they were all men? Think again. People tend to forget that in family-run mercenary companies, it was the women who pulled the strings.

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7. December 2018

20th / 21st century | Politics

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Women on strike!

by Katharina Hermann

One hundred years ago, a quarter of a million people downed tools in the general strike. What role did women play in the three-day strike of November 1918?

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12. October 2018

Modern Age | Politics

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Aïssé – from slave to socialite

by Murielle Schlup

Her story sounds like a fairy tale from One Thousand and One Nights: as a child, Aïssé (1693/4-1733) found herself on the slave market in Constantinople and grew up in Parisian high society.

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