Important years

Milestones for gender equality in Norway
Facts and statistics Norway
Equal inheritance rights for women and men 1854 *
Unmarried women gain legal majority (at age 25) 1863 *
Women gain the right to operate a business 1866 *
Women gain the right to obtain an academic degree 1884 *
Married women gain legal majority (at age 25) 1888 *
Men gain universal suffrage and the right to be elected into parliament 1898 *
Women gain municipal suffrage and the right to be elected into municipal governments 1910 *
Women gain universal suffrage and the right to be elected into parliament 1913 *
The first female minister 1948 *
Ratification of the International Labor Organization’s (a UN agency) Convention 100 on equal pay for equal work regardless of sex 1959 *
Birth Control Pills Legalised 1967 *
Female employees cannot be fired on the grounds of pregnancy, childbirth or parental leave 1977 *
First parental leave insurance that grants fathers the right to parental leave in connection with childbirth 1977 *
Right to Abortion 1978 *
Law on equality between women and men passed 1978 *
Gender equality/discrimination ombudsman formed 1979 *
First female prime minister 1981 *
Nordic action plan for gender equality 1989 *
Same-sex marriage 2009 *
Law against sex purchase 2009 *
Signature of the Council of Europe’s convention on preventing and combating domestic violence and violence against women (the Istanbul Convention 2011) 2011 *
The current legislation regulating the sharing of parental leave between parents goes into effect 2014 *
Gender-neutral military service 2015 *
Ratification of the Council of Europe’s convention on preventing and combating domestic violence and violence against women (the Istanbul Convention 2011) Not ratified *
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