Rösträtt för kvinnor - En komparativ uppsats om kampen för kvinnlig rösträtt i Storbritannien och Sverige

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Juridiska institutionen; Lunds universitet/Juridiska fakulteten

Sammanfattning: In Sweden, universal and equal suffrage is established in the first paragraph of the first chapter of the Constitution of Sweden. However, this has not always been the case considering the fact that many people have had to fight for the right to vote. This essay aims to present and compare the fight for women’s suffrage that took place within the United Kingdom as well as Sweden. The women’s suffrage movement is examined through a comparative study with a legal historical perspective. In order to fulfil the purpose of the essay, three questions have been posed in order to analyse the subject in a focused manner and conclusively reach the answers. The long-lasting struggle for women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom started in the middle of the 19th century. Although many suffrage activists used peaceful methods to draw attention to the struggle, the suffragettes used militant force instead, inspired by their slogan: ”Deeds, not words.” With Emmeline Pankhurst in the lead, the suffragettes carried out violent acts such as hunger strikes, window smashing, and demonstrations. Men were not allowed to become members of the suffragette union, and any help they offered was refused by the organization. Women in the United Kingdom eventually received the right to vote in 1918. In Sweden, the suffrage struggle was led by the National Association for Women’s Political Suffrage (LKPR). Although inspired by the suffragettes, they refrained from carrying out militant actions and instead adhered to a peaceful method. Their struggle focused more on the formation and expression of opinion, enlightenment, and pressuring decision-makers to make changes. The Swedish suffrage activists also enlisted the help of men and collaborated with male institutions. Women’s suffrage in Sweden was ultimately introduced in 1919.

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