Important years

Milestones for gender equality in Sweden
Facts and statistics Sweden
Equal inheritance rights for women and men 1845 *
Women gain the right to operate a business 1846 *
Unmarried women gain legal majority (at age 25) 1863 *
Women are granted control of their own earnings 1863 (unmarried women) /1874 (married women) *
Women gain the right to obtain an academic degree 1873 *
Men gain universal suffrage and the right to be elected into parliament 1909 *
Women gain municipal suffrage and the right to be elected into municipal governments 1919 *
Women gain universal suffrage and the right to be elected into parliament 1921 *
Married women gain legal majority (at age 25) 1921 (age 21) *
Female employees cannot be fired on the grounds of pregnancy, childbirth or parental leave 1939 *
The first female minister 1947 *
Ratification of the International Labor Organization’s (a UN agency) Convention 100 on equal pay for equal work regardless of sex 1962 *
Birth Control Pills Legalised 1964 *
First parental leave insurance that grants fathers the right to parental leave in connection with childbirth 1974 *
Right to Abortion 1975 *
Law on equality between women and men passed 1980 *
Gender equality/discrimination ombudsman formed 1980 *
Nordic action plan for gender equality 1989 *
Law against sex purchase 1999 *
Same-sex marriage 2009 *
Gender-neutral military service 2010 *
Signature of the Council of Europe’s convention on preventing and combating domestic violence and violence against women (the Istanbul Convention 2011) 2011 *
Ratification of the Council of Europe’s convention on preventing and combating domestic violence and violence against women (the Istanbul Convention 2011) 2014 *
The current legislation regulating the sharing of parental leave between parents goes into effect 2016 *
First female prime minister Has not occurred *
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