Emma Kammacher

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Emma Kammacher (born May 14, 1904 in Meyrin ; † April 15, 1981 in Le Grand-Saconnex ; entitled to live in Lenk ) was a Swiss lawyer , councilor and women's rights activist from the canton of Geneva .


Emma Kammacher was a daughter of Christian Kammacher, a farmer , and Catherine Émilie Desplands, from Rougemont . She attended the Collège Calvin in Geneva. Then she completed a study of the law in Bern ; In 1929 she graduated with a licentiate . She was admitted to the Geneva bar in 1932 .

From 1932 she was secretary and from 1947 to 1955 president of the Geneva Women's Suffrage Association . In addition, she worked as secretary of the Swiss Association for Women's Rights and as a member of the editorial team of the monthly Femmes suisses .

Kammacher fought for active and passive voting rights for women. After women obtained this right in Geneva in 1960, she became a member of the Social Democratic Party . In 1961 she was elected to the Geneva Council , along with eight other women . In 1965 she was the first woman to preside over a cantonal legislature .

As a lawyer and politician , Kammacher, who came from a humble background, turned her attention to the social problems caused by economic growth in the 1960s. She campaigned for both the peasant class and the urban lower classes. The focus was on care at the place of residence , housing issues , and democratization of access to studies.


  • Erica Deuber, Natalia Tikhonov: Les femmes dans la mémoire de Genève: du XVe au XXe siècle. S. Hurter 2005, Geneva 266f.

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