Timeline of women in Denmark

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This is a timeline of women in Denmark, noting important events in Danish women's history.



14th century

17th century

19th century

20th century

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1915 Danish Women's March
Line luplau seen in the foreground on her daughter Marie Luplau's large group portrait painting From the Early Days of the Fight for Women's Suffrage (1897). Marie Luplau - Fra Kvindevalgretskampens forste dage (1897),.jpg
Line luplau seen in the foreground on her daughter Marie Luplau's large group portrait painting From the Early Days of the Fight for Women's Suffrage (1897).

21st century

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