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One of the events surrounding the twenty-fifth anniversary of women's suffrage in Liechtenstein takes place this evening in the capital Vaduz, when young Liechtenstein women have the chance to meet some of the activists who during the seventies and early eighties struggled for women's rights in their small country.
We have a little news from Liechtenstein, the diminutive Alpine principality that we have been exploring these past days. It is a not a territory much associated with radical feminism, yet Liechtenstein women have their own tale to tell. All three were activists who struggled to secure the right to vote for their female compatriots in the United Kingdom, France and Germany respectively. All three have long since died, so today's generation of young women have no chance to meet face-to-face with these pioneer activists.
Things are different in Liechtenstein, where women did not secure the right to vote until One of the events surrounding the twenty-fifth anniversary of women's suffrage takes place this evening in the capital Vaduz, when young Liechtenstein women have the chance to meet some of the activists who during the seventies and early eighties struggled for women's rights in their small country.
Women like Melitta Marxer did so much for women's rights in Liechtenstein. Melitta was born inmarried in and had three daughters.Geography Now! LIECHTENSTEIN
As her daughters grew up, she became ever more aware of the oppressed state of Liechtenstein women. Whenever there was an election, it was always only my husband who could go and vote - and we women had to stay at home. One port of call in was the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. Melitta recalls: "What were we supposed to do? Just sit quietly in the hope that our political rights would be recognised? Had we merely done that, we would not have the right to vote today. But the women's tactics paid off. Inwomen in Liechtenstein secured full voting rights, making the principality the very last country in Europe to introduce, at a national level, the principle of women's suffrage.
An exhibition marking a quarter century of women's suffrage in Liechtenstein is being hosted in the foyer of the national parliament Landtag in Vaduz.
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