Switzerland, which has a population of 8.5 million, is traditionally conservative and only extended full voting rights to women in federal elections in 1971, with one canton holding out on full voting rights for municipal elections until 1990.
Appenzell Innerrhoden is what we might call rural even by Swiss standards. Of course, it’s not quite Norfolk, that’s Glarus – an inhabitant of Appenzell once insisted we drive up through Glarus to see how teeth got worse, ears flared more obviously from skulls, as we went up the valley. The story was that the one end of the valley pass was only open for a few weeks in late summer, leaving only the one way in and out for 90% of the year. Courting had therefore been local for century upon century.
But, another story about Appenzell Innerrhoden. I think it’s true but it was just told to me. That in the 70s there was that extension of the vote to women. And Appenzell the inner had a look at this in the local elections and thought about it. And tried it a few times. Then had a vote on taking – for local elections – it away from women again. A vote which gained the majority of female votes in favour of taking the vote away from women.
I’ve not looked very hard and haven’t found any proof of this. But then who would want to spoil such a lovely story with actual facts?