Helene von Mülinen

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Helene von Mülinen
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Helene von Mülinen, 1897
Born(1850-11-27)27 November 1850
Bern, Switzerland
Died11 March 1924(1924-03-11) (aged 73)
Bern, Switzerland
Partner(s)Emma Pieczynska-Reichenbac

Helene von Mülinen (27 November 1850 – 11 March 1924) was a Swiss feminist who is regarded as the founder of the organised Swiss women's suffrage movement. She founded the Swiss women's suffrage movement, Bund Schweizerischer Frauenvereine (BSF), in 1900, and served as its first president between 1900 and 1904.[1]


Mülinen was born in Bern, Switzerland on 27 November 1850. Although her parents prevented her from receiving a formal theological degree, von Mülinen audited lectures at the University of Bern including lectures by Adolf Schlatter and Fritz Barth.[2]

In 1890 Mülinen was hospitalized for treatment for tuberculosis. There she became acquainted with the medical student Emma Pieczynska-Reichenbach. The two became life-long partners, committed to the women's movement. [3]

Mülinen participated in the formation of the Bund Schweizerischer Frauenvereine (Federation of Swiss Women's Associations) and served as its president from 1900 through 1904. She also remained on the board through 1920.[2]

Mülinen died on 11 March 1924 in Bern.[2][4]

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  1. ^ Doris Brodbeck: Hunger nach Gerechtigkeit. Helene von Mülinen (1850–1924), eine Wegbereiterin der Frauenemanzipation. Chronos, Zürich 2000, ISBN 3-905313-53-7.
  2. ^ a b c Ludi, Regula. "Mülinen, Helene von". Historischen Lexikon der Schweiz (in German). Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  3. ^ Hüssy, Annelies. "Mülinen, Helene von". Biographie Deutsche (in German). Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  4. ^ Gaschick, Daniel. "Helene von Mülinen". Konradsblatt Online. Retrieved 6 July 2019.