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Reading with a critical eye

After my recent visit to Royal Academy of Arts, I wrote to their magazine:

Dear Sir/Madam,

I recently became a friend of RA and on the day, I visited one of the exhibitions: Radical Geometry. I found the exhibition fascinating, a real eye opener to the art movement in South America between 30’s and 70’s.

After the exhibition, I felt the need to read the article in RA magazine. I was very surprised to find a fundamental error when I read the following description:

“Uruguay was known as the ‘Switzerland of South America’ in the 1940’s and ’50s because of its tradition of liberalism (it was one of the first countries in the continent to give women the vote, separate church from state and recognise divorce).”

The fact is in Switzerland women were only allowed to vote (on the federal level) in 1971. You might find the situation ridiculous, compared with the female votes in the rest of Europe. Even in People’s Republic of China, women have been granted rights to vote since Chairman Mao came to power in 1949. Switzerland is not a great example for liberalism when it comes to female votes. Therefore, I would like to suggest more thorough research carrying out before an article could be published.

I have found a few links below for your information. You might need to let the curators know about this fact as well.

http://history-switzerland.geschichte-schweiz.ch/chronology-womens-right-vote-switzerland.html

http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/february/7/newsid_2738000/2738475.stm

http://www.swissworld.org/en/people/women/the_right_to_vote/

Kind regards,

A friend of RA