Marie Villinger

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Marie Villinger (born April 4, 1860 in Geissingen near Baden, † February 27, 1946 in Schwanden / Glarus ) was one of the leading women in the Swiss workers' movement in the late 19th century.


As a young woman, Marie Villinger worked as a foreman in a textile factory in Zurich. She found the working conditions for the women working there so unbearable that she began to organize them on the model of male unions . She soon joined the Swiss Workers' Association (SAV), where shortly afterwards she took on a leadership role alongside Verena Conzett . In 1891 she became the first secretary of the SAV and in 1898 she was elected as the first woman to the national board of the trade union federation .

In 1909 she moved to Glarnerland with her second husband, a widower with 14 children, and retired from her posts. However, she remained loyal to the workers' movement until her death.

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