The Women’s Room

The entry of women into politics and their subsequent establishment in political life has made our country a much better place. When women start to participate in society, it leads to developments that benefit everyone. Because we can only continue to safeguard and develop our democracy when we do it together.

Should women have a special room in the Riksdag? When Sweden transitioned from a bicameral to a unicameral parliament in 1971, just 14 per cent of the MPs were women. It was not until the middle of the 1980s that that women’s representation rose to over 30 per cent. Around this time, many people noticed that almost all the art in the Riksdag depicted men, and that many of the works were created by men. In a multi-party motion, a number of dedicated members of parliament demanded that there should be a central place in the Riksdag dedicated to art depicting women in politics. The Women's Room was inaugurated in 1994, the same year as the 75th anniversary of women's suffrage in Sweden.

While we were celebrating 100 years of universal and equal suffrage and the fact that it was one hundred years since the first women took their seats in the Riksdag, Sweden’s first woman prime minister took office.

In this room, you will encounter various women who have entered the political arena. Take the time to get acquainted with Kerstin Hesselgren, Karin Kock, Karin Söder, and Ingegerd Troedsson, along with some of their sisters who have gone down in history as pioneers and sources of inspiration.

Placards about Karin Söder and Ingegerd Troedsson.
Photo: Anders Löwdin

The exhibitions in the Women's Room show prominent women in Sweden from a historical perspective. From the left, Kerstin Hesselgren (1872-1962), the first woman member of parliament in the First Chamber, and Karin Kock (1891-1976), the first woman minister, Karin Söder (1928-2015), the first woman party leader, and Ingegerd Troedsson (1929-2012), the first woman Speaker of the Riksdag.

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