50 Years of Women’s Suffrage
In 1971, Swiss women gained the right to vote. The federal city is celebrating the 50-year anniver-sary of women’s suffrage in a variety of ways: the program for the anniversary year is just as cre-ative and diverse as the women’s involvement and commitment at the time. Here are the planned activities
Bärner Meitschi Beer
From Bernese Kiss to Bernese Miss: To celebrate the 50-year anniversary of women’s suffrage in Switzerland, Felsenau brewery’s iconic beer “Bärner Müntschi” (“Bernese Kiss”) was given a new name. The special edition “Bärner Meitschi” (“Bernese Miss”) is available exclusively in the anniversary year – directly at the Felsenau brewery or at Drinks of the World at Bern railway station.
The Bread à porter Saffa rolls
Light and airy brioches with a hazelnut filling – just like grandma used to make: Treat yourself to the historic Saffa rolls from the popular Bernese bakery Bread à porter. A flavoursome, well-balanced spice mix and freshly grated Bernese apples are added to these rolls, making them the perfect snack. This delicacy will be on sale for CHF 2.80 throughout the anniversary year at the stores in Münstergasse 74 and Kornhausplatz 11. Here’s a tip: If you buy large quantities, you’ll keep profit from a reduced price.
The commemorative coin issued: "50 years of Swiss women’s right to vote"
Slogans such as “No true democracy without women’s suffrage” and “In a word, it’s time to be heard” were emblazoned on banners on the Bundesplatz in Bern more than 50 years ago. But the long struggle was worth it. On 7 February 1971, women’s suffrage was introduced in Switzerland by a federal vote. With its 50-franc gold coin, Swissmint is honouring the courage, willpower and tireless perseverance of the women who fought for equality in Switzerland then and now.
“Women’s entry into Parliament”
The Parliamentary Service is inviting visitors to discover the Parliament Building from the perspective of women. This thematic guided tour highlights the presence of women in the Parliament Building’s architecture and artwork, and showcases exhibits commemorating the first women to enter Parliament in 1971.
Women in the House of Parliament
67 female artists from all over Switzerland contribute to the SGBK art project in the House of Parliament Bern, from 25.10. to 20.12.2021 on occasion of 50 years of women's voting rights and the women's parliamentary session. For viewing the House of Parliament Bern offers public guided tours for visitors.
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“Women belong inside…”
... Inside town hall, city hall, parliament! By presenting twelve posters from past popular votes, the Gosteli Foundation creates a journey through the ever-heated discussion on women's participation in the political process. The exhibition is open to visitors from 3 May to 30 June in the space of the Berner Kantonalbank (Bern Cantonal Bank) on Bundesplatz (Parliament Square).
BEKB Bern, Bundesplatz 8