9 September 2013 - Camilla Collett Bicentenary - Centenary of Women's Suffrage

Dissatisfied with the lack of initiative on the part of the newly founded Norwegian Association for Women’s Rights (1884) to work for women’s suffrage, Gina Krog, a staunch supporter of women’s rights, took the matter into her own hands

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There they founded the Norwegian Association for Women’s Suffrage and embarked on the long struggle that would - through their untiring efforts and the association’s periodical "Nylænde" - be crowned with success in 1913.

They won their first partial victory in 1901 when the Storting allowed women to vote at local elections. This right to vote was defined by income and thus applied to only 200,000 of altogether 425,000 women. In 1907 a second battle was won when the Storting gave women the same limited right to vote at general elections. This was another step in the right direction. By 1910 the majority of Storting members were in favour of giving all women the right to vote at local elections. When Anna Rogstad become the first woman member of the Storting in 1911, this lent power to the fight for women’s suffrage and in the course of 1912 all of the political parties gave their support to universal voting rights for women on an equal footing with men. The Bill was unanimously passed by the Storting on 7 June 1913.

Camilla Collett (1813-1895) was one of the pioneers of the Norwegian women’s liberation movement and had participated in the public debate from the 1840s. In 1854 she published a novel, "The District Governor’s Daughters". This is a love story about a young woman, Sophie, and her tutor, describing the emptiness of love between a man and a woman when convention forces one of them to be passive. With her analyses of a woman’s place in society, Camilla Collett played a significant role in the initial phase of the women’s rights movement. She and her writings provided strong inspiration in the fight for voting rights.

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Date of issue: 9 September 2013
Values and subjects:
Kr 17.00: Camilla Collett and the
front cover of ”Amtmandens Døttre”
Kr 30.00: Anna Rogstad and the
Parliament Building (Stortinget)
Design and engraving: Arild Yttri
Method of printing: Recess / offset
Printing house: Joh. Enschedé Security Print