Women's and gender history

Wants to make it easier to share experiences of abortion

5 August 2021
The Women's Museum Norway recently launched the abortion exhibition HYSJ! (‘HUSH!’). Their goal is to create a space for talking about a topic that is still shameful for many women today.

The versatile Hamsun

16 April 2021
New research demonstrates expressions of women’s liberation and homoerotic desire in Knut Hamsun’s works from the 1890’s.

Ancient objects shed new light on women’s role in the Viking raids

5 January 2021
Kitchen equipment from the British Isles has been found in graves belonging to Viking women from aristocratic families. “We can gain new knowledge about women’s participation in the Viking raids by posing new questions to old findings,” according to researcher.

“Pandemics affect women and men differently”

8 July 2020
Our knowledge about previous pandemics gives us invaluable information on how to handle today’s corona pandemic, according to researchers.

“Women’s historical contributions are still ignored”

11 September 2019
“Women’s history brings forth knowledge concerning one half of humanity, and makes sure that the discipline does not become gender blind,” says professor of history at University of Oslo, Hilde Sandvik.

Calls for a revival of the artist Hannah Ryggen

15 February 2019
“What was written about Hannah Ryggen in the eighties and nineties does not reflect the quality of her art and her significance during her own time,” according to art historian Marit Paasche.

Still embarrassing to talk about menstruation

22 January 2019
“Norwegian women are perhaps not as modern and liberated today as we like to think,” says researcher Camilla Mørk Røstvik. She has examined how women – and some men – describe their experiences with menstruation in the twentieth century.

Queer lives find their way to the museum

11 January 2019
How have the limits for what is considered acceptable sexuality been drawn and negotiated through history? This is the question we need to ask in order to understand not only the past, but also our present, according to Tone Hellesund.

The rocky road to sex change treatment in Norway

2 July 2018
In the 1950s, the first successful gender reassignment treatment was carried out. Since then, major developments have taken place within medicine and law, but also when it comes to our perceptions of gender, according to historian Sigrid Sandal.

Simone de Beauvoir: From Sartre’s secretary to feminist style icon

30 April 2018
When Simone de Beauvoir’s feminist classic The Second Sex was published in Norway in 1970, both sexuality and existentialism were downplayed. “She was made popular,” says Ida Hove Solberg, who has examined the Norwegian translations of de Beauvoir’s work.

The contraceptive pill: A story of sexual liberation and dubious research methods

7 February 2018
In 1967, Norwegian women were finally allowed to decide for themselves when to get pregnant. The contraceptive pill has had enormous significance for women’s emancipation, but researchers doubt whether it would have been approved today.

Until infidelity, disappearance or impotence do us part – the history of divorce in Norway

16 May 2017
The history of divorce reveals hidden stories of love, domestic violence and societal ideals for a healthy marriage.

Feeling gender: from housewife to working mum

3 May 2017
When Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen interviewed three generations of Norwegian women and men, she discovered how the emotional perception of gender has developed over time.

The masculine avant-garde that fostered feminism

8 December 2016
Futurism practically cleared the way for feminism, according to Madeleine Gedde Metz.

Women are entering the boxing ring

22 November 2016
Cecilia Brækhus is just one of several Norwegian female athletes who has contributed to putting women’s boxing on the map, both in Norway and internationally, according to researcher Anne Tjønndal.


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