50 Years of Votes for Women: Exhibition

Young woman with a cat

13 June to autumn 2021


Lausanne, Zürich, Bellinzona, Bern, Basel, Yverdon-les-Bains, Genève


Free entry

On the 50th anniversary of women in Switzerland receiving the right to vote, 50 women photographers have worked together to shine a light nationwide on the position of women in society. Each of the 50 photographers has created a photo portrait of a woman of their choice. All of these female role models have one thing in common: they are committed to, and epitomise strong feminism.

Portraits in different shapes and forms

The 50 women captured in the portraits are artists, sportswomen, scientists, students or long-term activists. The portraits take the form of reportages, studio portraits, installations and still-lifes. The exhibition will go on display in public spaces, on the metal stands usually reserved for referenda and political campaigns.

Dates and locations:

  • Lausanne, Grand Pont: 14.6.-14.7.2021
  • Zürich, Kulturbar Das Gleis: 14.6.-27.6.2021
  • Bellinzona, SpazioReale: 22.7.-22.8.2021
  • Bern Kornhausforum, Kornhausplatz, Casinoplatz, Münsterplatz: 24.6.-8.8.2021
  • Basel, Kaserne: 1.9.-20.9.2021
  • Yverdon-les-Bains, Ville: 17.9.-15.10.2021
  • Genève, Quai Wilson: 1.10.-30.10.2021
50 50 50 magazine, Woman with a crossbow

50 50 50 magazine

The printed edition of the 50 50 50 magazine is available at Payot in French-speaking Switzerland and at exhibition venues in German-speaking Switzerland and Ticino.


Young woman in a down jacket, with the sky in the background

Portrait of Samiro B Stöckli. ©Karin Scheidegger

Elderly woman in contemplative pose

Portrait of JH Gagliardi. ©Katja Snozzi

Young woman dreaming, with her eyes closed

Portrait of Leoni Altherr. ©Daniele Liniger

Laughing woman in a living room

Portrait of Nicoletta Brazzola. ©Caroline Minjolle

Cool, mature woman sitting on a sofa

Portrait of Klaudia Schifferle. ©Sabine Rock

Attractive, self-confident woman

Portrait of Sylvie Makela. ©Pénélope Henriod

Woman with horses in the background

Portrait of Marie Bazant. ©Ursula Hähne

Relaxed woman surrounded by nature

Portrait of Judith. © Sarah Carp

Photo/stage: Portrait of Anna Rosenwasser. ©Lea Reutimann


Lausanne, Zürich, Bellinzona, Bern, Basel, Yverdon-les-Bains, Genève

More information

Useful info

  • Public exhibition
  • A recording of the biography of each of the 50 subjects accompanies the 50 images. The recordings can be played by scanning a QR code.  
  • A newspaper-style publication describes the project in print. Available to buy in shops.