21 jun Sweden’s Feminist Initiative has lessons for social movements elsewhere – thewashingtonpost.com
Kimberly Cowell-Meyers is an assistant professor of government at American University. This post draws on a recent article she has published in Perspectives on Politics.
In the recent EU elections, the Feminist Initiative of Sweden became the first autonomous feminist party to win a seat in the European Parliament. It was not the only feminist or women’s party to run candidates (women’s movements in France and Germany also did so), nor was it the first (Germany and Spain had feminist/women’s parties in the 1999 elections and Greece had one in the 2004 elections) but the Feminist Initiative (F!) is the first party of its type to win a seat.