Faroe Islands issued a stamp to mark 100 years of International Women’s Day. The first seeds for equal rights between men and women were sown in the 18th century. There had certainly been sporadic calls earlier, among others, from Christine de Pizan, who in 1405 challenged the female oppression in the society and argued that women and men had the same mental properties.
But it was not before the ideas of Enlightenment about human equality and demands for general political, social and economic influence, that the demand for equality between men and women was made.
The First Wave
But half a century went by before there was enough structure behind the demand for improved equality. In the early industrial age, working people lived under unspeakable social conditions, which did not exactly leave much room for the struggle for gender equality.
But in the second half of the nineteenth century, a series of political and social reforms were carried out, and more and more women became aware of their position in society and lack of rights. Women started to organize around the demands for basic rights and demanded legal, economical, political and educational equality.
The most prominent demand was voting right for women. In 1893 and 1902, women in New Zealand and Australia achieved the right to vote, but both Europe and the U.S. lagged behind in that respect. In England and America the suffragette movement emerged, which demanded voting rights for women, but resistance was strong. Political life was dominated by men and the establishment did not intend to let women have any influence in that area.
Title: The international Women’s Day – Faroe Islands
Date of Issue: 21 February 2011
Country: Faroe Islands
Denominations: 10,00 DKK