Feminist Activism in DenmarkSemester Course

Feminist Activism in Denmark
Major Discipline(s)
Gender Studies
Visiting Faculty Course
This course will only run in the Spring 2023 semester as it is taught by a visiting faculty.
Elective Course
Spring semester

This course is a tour de force through the exciting history of feminist activism in Denmark: From the modern women’s movement in the 1960’s to the blossoming feminist activism in #metoo and BLM today. What were – and are – the main questions for Danish feminists and what roles do questions of gender, class, race, and sexuality play? We focus on particular cases of Danish feminist activism, and visit important sites and engage with young Danes, who do and think about feminist activism today and in the past.


Pernille Ipsen

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

I am a historian of gender, women, feminism, race and colonialism in Scandinavia and the larger Atlantic world. My first book, Daughters of the Trade: Atlantic Slavers and Interracial Marriage on the Gold Coast (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015) follows five generations of marriages between African (Gã and Akan) women and European (Scandinavian) men in an Atlantic slave trading port on the Gold Coast—Christiansborg, in present-day Accra—and shows how racial difference was produced in intimate encounters in the midst of the slave trade. In a second research stream, I explore the history of the Modern Danish Women’s Movement (in Danish, “Rødstrømpebevægelsen”). In August 2020 I published a Danish-language collective biography about the feminist commune I lived in as a young child in Copenhagen in the 1970’s—Et åbent øjeblik (Links to an external site.). I am currently working on an English version of the same story with the prospective title: “An Open Moment: My Seven Mothers and the World They Envisioned”. I am broadly interested in the history of the women’s movement and feminism in general, not only in Denmark, but also in the rest of the world. I was educated at Copenhagen University, where I received an M.A. in history with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in 2002, and a Ph.D. in history in 2008. Today I am a Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and History at University of Wisconsin—Madison. I am a visiting professor at DIS in the academic year 2022-23.