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Swedish Women On-line (SWO)

Swedish Women On-line (SWO), from the Middle Ages to the Present.
A Biographical Dictionary of Swedish Women, in Swedish and in English

Why are there no women artists, philosophers, scientists, politicians, and authors? This question surfaces, every time the history of art, literature, medicine, and philosophy is to be written. One important reason is that the writing of history is based on existing biographical dictionaries, where the principle of selection is gender-biased. In the large Swedish biographical dictionaries, women account for only 5-10 percent of those biographied. Therefore, if the writing of history is to become less misleading, the very point of departure – the source material – has to be revised.

The aim of the present project is to create an on-line Biographical Dictionary of Swedish Women (SWO) to be linked to other internet archives and on-line works of reference dealing with Swedish women. This on-line Dictionary will itself instigate and contribute to further research and scholarly work. The SWO will be published in both a Swedish and an English version. It will be available on the internet as a continually developing and freely accessible database. In this way, information about Swedish women’s contributions to society, from the Middle Ages to the present, will be easily available to both Swedish and international scholars.

The project is funded by the Swedish Foundation for the Humanities and Social Sciences for 2016-2017. After the conclusion of the project, the database will be managed by SWE-CLARIN.

Contact Information

Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon

031-786 52 57

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