How come a women’s suffrage was delayed for so long in Switzerland?
Women only gained the right to vote in Switzerland in 1971, a phenomenally late time for an otherwise highly developed and progressive state, and this seems largely due to sexism and traditionalist views. Many men in Switzerland believed that women belonged in the home, raising children and creating a welcoming homestead while men worked to earn a living. Many men believed that if women were given the right to vote and to hold office then they would be distracted from these duties and so the quality of life in Switzerland would suffer. It is surprisingly conservative view to be so prevalent in 1970s Europe, but it was eventually resolved with a referendum in 1971.