Women of Switzerland

1981

Equality in the constitution

Equal rights and equal pay for women and men were formally enshrined in the Swiss Federal Constitution in 1981, following a successful referendum campaign which resulted in over 60% of the electorate voting in favour of the move. As a result of this vote, the Swiss Federal Constitution states that ‘Men and women shall have equal rights. The law shall ensure their equality, both in law and in practice, most particularly in the family, in education, and in the workplace. Men and women shall have the right to equal pay for work of equal value.’

1981