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Swedish Women On-line (SWO), from the Middle Ages to the Present, 2.0 A Biographical Dictionary of Swedish Women, in Swedish and in English.

Research project
Active research
Project size
7,5 mill SEK
Project period
2019 - 2021
Project owner
Institutionen för historiska studier

Short description

Across the humanities there is a growing awareness of the importance of women’s agency and the significance of women as historical agents. Despite this, accessible documentary evidence of female agency through the ages remains largely absent. Swedish Women On-line (SWO 1.0), an infrastructural project financed by RJ is a major attempt to remedy this. SWO 1.0, formally known as Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon (SKBL), collates the biographies of one thousand significant women in the form of a digital dictionary and a structured database, to both support the dictionary and provide the groundwork for future research. The new database allows for data analysis which will generate new understanding of the complex forces which made Sweden one of the world’s most egalitarian countries.