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‚Pop-up’ museum – 100 Years of Women in Politics and Public Life in Ireland

Ireland’s touring ‘pop-up’ Women’s Museum which has traveled all over the country, is believed to be the first of its kind in the world.

It chronicles the history of Ireland over one hundred years from the foundation of the State, and the role women played in politics and public life throughout that period.

Photo Ros Kavanagh

Photo Ros Kavanagh

The pop-up, a Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht initiative under the Irish Government’s Decade of Centenaries 2013-2023 programme, is touring a number of venues in the four provinces in the country before it returns to Dublin Castle in Spring 2020, to Dublin Castle where it opened on 14 December 2018 to mark the centenary of the 1918 General Election where women could first exercise their franchise and stand as candidates for election.The pop-up provides insight into the lives of some of the many hundreds of women, who helped shape Ireland from the 1920s to the present day,personal portraits are laid out with inter-actives as well as objects, clothing, rare manuscripts and furniture gathered from private collections. Some of these women became members of the Irish and/or European Parliament, two became President of Ireland but not all are so well known. Continue reading

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On 16th of June 2018 Norway was celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion. The event took place in front of the Parliament, Oslo. Speaches were made by pioneers from the political struggle 40 years ago, and by women working for women’s rights to decide about their own bodies in today’s society – both inside Norway and internationally.

The Kvinnemuseet in Kongvinger, Norway was participating in the celebrations.

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foto Marit Bye Gjermshus

What’s happening on and around the International Women’s Day in Kongsvinger 2018?

The Norwegian Women’s Museum, Kvinnemuseet, is an active part in the IWD committee in our town, Kongsvinger. This is the third year we are inviting several other organizations to join the celebration to raise awareness on feminist issues in our community.

We have opted, not to have one Women’s Day, but several! There will be feminist activities happening in Kongsvinger from 1st to 11th of March. On the 1st of March, there will be a philosophical café, focusing on the #metoo-campaign, at the library, and there will also be a quiz, with questions from Women’s culture and history.

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Tonight the association women and gender museum Switzerland invites to a talk with the title ‘Significant Swiss Women – how to honour them? From the classical museum to the Virtual Reality’.

The exhibition curator Beat Gugger will address the following questions: How can important Swiss Women and their achievements be represented for the future? Should we open a women’s museum, like women in other countries did? Or are there other possibilities through digitalization? Continue reading

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Female friends in history and in contemporary art

18.2.-16.9.2018

In the 18th century, friendship cult developed and women played a significant part in this process. Friendship became a female stage, both in direct and indirect exchange through letters. Literary circles and drawing-rooms served the women as places for further education, motivated them for own writings and represented an accepted step into the semi-public.

The exchange with a confidante friend encouraged women in stepping over traditional roles.

Female friends were partners for single women who didn’t found a family of their own or who were widowed. When, during the 19th century, the first middle-class women entered a profession, they were more likely to realize their plans together with a like-minded friend.

Female friendships and networks became the basis in the 19th century to claim women’s rights. Female friends took up the fight together for overcoming of legal obstacles or the resistance of the family. Luise Otto-Peters and Auguste Schmidt were a friendship couple in the first German women’s movement. They, in 1865, founded the first German women’s association in Leipzig. Others followed them.

The International Association of Women’s Suffrage was organization of women who shared feminist political and private ideas. Without that friend’s network it would not have been possible to realize the International Women’s Peace Congress in Den Haag in 1915 with participants of both sides of the war.

 

During the exhibition many events take place: Download the full programme here

Frauenmuseum Bonn, Germany

 

 

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Tonight the temporary exhibition “Kümmernis – a re-discovered cult figure” will be opened at the women’s museum Meran, Italy. It tells the story of the legendary Saint Kümmernis from medieval Europe who became the patroness for women in Europe throughout centuries.

The legend tells the story of a young princess who should have been married off to the enemey by her father. In order to escape this destiny she asked god for help and he grew her a beard. Her father was so angry about his wilful daughter and crucified her. Images from a woman with a beard on the cross have fascinated people throughout centuries and is still present today.

Website women’s museum Meran, Italy

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