Swiss men continued to deny women the right to vote until 1971. This inspired two Swiss-based authors to tell stories of women experiencing the fight for women’s suffrage at first hand.
In The Other Daughter by British author Caroline Bishop, one of the key protagonists, Sylvia, is a reporter sent to Switzerland on a mission to find out the effect of the introduction of female suffrage. Voting Day by Irish writer Clare O’Dea is set on the day that men first voted no to women’s suffrage in Switzerland in February 1959. Clare’s novella examines how sexual inequality affects the lives of its four main characters.
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