On 29 April 2021, the Federal Mint Swissmint issued a gold coin to mark the anniversary of "50 years of Swiss women's right to vote".
Women's efforts to achieve equal political rights date back to the 19th century. In 1959, two-thirds of the men voted against women's suffrage, thus proclaiming a clear "no". But Swiss women did not give up their fight and like-minded women increasingly joined forces. The figurehead of this dynamic women's movement was Emilie Lieberherr, who called on her female comrades to march on Bern. Determined and equipped with banners, around 5,000 women from all over Switzerland demonstrated on the Bundesplatz in the early afternoon of 1 March 1969. On 7 February 1971, men in Switzerland were called to the polls a second time for a federal vote on introducing women's suffrage. There was a clear majority in favour, paving the way for Swiss women to be able to have their say in future elections and votes. Thus, the Sunday on which the vote was held became one of the most important political milestones in Swiss history and the day on which Swiss women were given a voice. In the subsequent National Council elections in October 1971, eleven women were elected. Over the years that followed, the proportion of women in the National Council grew steadily, and currently stands at 42%.
On 7 February 2021, the introduction of women's suffrage at federal level had its 50th anniversary. Swissmint is commemorating this important milestone in Swiss political history with a 50-franc gold coin designed by Karin Widmer. It is available in "proof" quality in a presentation case at our online-shop or from selected coin dealers and some banks.
Last update: 20.04.2021