Important years

Milestones for gender equality in Denmark
Facts and statistics Denmark
Men gain universal suffrage and the right to be elected into parliament 1849 *
Unmarried women gain legal majority (at age 25) 1857 *
Women gain the right to operate a business 1857 *
Equal inheritance rights for women and men 1857 *
Women are granted control of their own earnings 1857 (unmarried women) / 1880 (married women) *
Women gain the right to obtain an academic degree 1875 *
Married women gain legal majority (at age 25) 1899 *
Women gain municipal suffrage and the right to be elected into municipal governments 1908 *
Women gain universal suffrage and the right to be elected into parliament 1915 *
The first female minister 1924 *
Ratification of the International Labor Organization’s (a UN agency) Convention 100 on equal pay for equal work regardless of sex 1960 *
Birth Control Pills Legalised 1966 *
Right to Abortion 1973 *
First parental leave insurance that grants fathers the right to parental leave in connection with childbirth 1983 *
Law on equality between women and men passed 1988 *
Female employees cannot be fired on the grounds of pregnancy, childbirth or parental leave 1989 *
Nordic action plan for gender equality 1989 *
The current legislation regulating the sharing of parental leave between parents goes into effect 2002 *
First female prime minister 2011 *
Same-sex marriage 2012 *
Signature of the Council of Europe’s convention on preventing and combating domestic violence and violence against women (the Istanbul Convention 2011) 2013 *
Ratification of the Council of Europe’s convention on preventing and combating domestic violence and violence against women (the Istanbul Convention 2011) 2014 *
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