The history of women's liberation in Norway

The transformation of Britain into an industrial nation had profound consequences for the ways in which women were to be idealised in Victorian times. New kinds of work and new kinds of urban living prompted a change in the ways in which appropriate male and female roles were perceived. In particular, the notion of separate spheres - woman in the private sphere of the home and hearth, man in the public sphere of business, politics and sociability - came to influence the choices and experiences of all women, at home, at work, in the streets.

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Here, in this clearly non-English, non-Victorian, non-white time and place the woman can feel the passion that her daily life lacks. In escaping to this land of desire, the woman positions the space of the imperial Other as “a signifier and repository of aestheticized eroticism” (Chrisman 55). She can freely experience desire because her individuality is not threatened due to her absolute racial difference and the temporal and geographical remoteness of the fantasy itself.

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–. The Citizen’s Body: Desire, Health, and the Social in Victorian England. Columbus: The Ohio State UP, 2007. Print.
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Although some historians have reacted against what they see as cholera’s undue prominence in many historical accounts of the period, cholera had a very important cultural impact that was disproportionate to its actual mortality. Cholera killed far fewer than other nineteenth-century epidemics like typhoid or typhus, but those were diseases with which Britons were familiar, and, so, their depredations seemed less dramatic and received less publicity. Of course, cholera did not by itself cause the sanitary movement. But the combination of the development of statistical techniques that allowed people to conceive of and track disease as a large scale event, Reform agitation around the first epidemic, and changing understandings of the role of the state combined with the dramatic eruption of a new disease to provide unique historical opportunities. Later, doctors and other professionals and legislators would be able to shape the movement begun under Chadwick into the foundations for modern public health legislation, such as a belief in the right to live in a clean environment.

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Our role models today are not primarily writers. In addition to the many competent and leading women we can look up to in politics, it is in sports that Norwegian women have excelled in recent years.

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Forceful personalities among writers, teachers and socially committed women were quick to put the disadvantaged position of women on the agenda, and to do something about it. One male writer was particularly active in the fight for women's rights: Henrik Ibsens contemporary dramas feature strong female characters in leading roles who express their need for freedom. And the writer himself gave such a thundering speech to the Scandinavian Society in Rome in 1879 when he failed to get a majority to allow women members into the organization, that a woman fainted. Women writers have also provided poetic descriptions of women's role in society. The first of them was Camilla Collett, with her novel "The Governor's Daughter" ("Amtmandens Døttre") in 1855. The Norwegian author, Sigrid Undset, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928, also described women and the reality they faced in both her contemporary novels and her works set in the middle ages.

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