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50 years of women’s suffrage in Switzerland

Fifty years ago, Swiss women were given the vote. This was preceded by a decades-long, emotional referendum campaign. The emotionalisation of political issues and the stoking of fears of structural changes – such as the introduction of women’s suffrage – usually culminate in the message “The world will end if we change this”. However, history shows that this is rarely the case. So, why do we still have such a hard time with change?

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