Do they have the skills to do that?

Boliden, Skellefteå

IngMari Lundmark and her daughter Anneli Lundmark, talks about the mining women who went before, about why the women were banned and about the long and eventful struggle - above all in Norrbotten and Västerbotten - to reopen the mines for all.


Who were the opponents? Who were the instigators? And what was it like to come as the first woman to a totally male-dominated world?

Throughout history, women have played a major role in the Swedish mining industry. For centuries they worked side by side with men. But in the middle of the 19th century, the view of women's employment in ore mining changed. Several European countries introduced bans on women in the mines.


In Sweden, women were forbidden to work underground in mines in 1900, and it would take almost 80 years before the section of the law was finally deleted.

When the ban was lifted, electrical draftsman IngMari Lundmark became the first woman to attend mining training within LKAB and the first woman to ever work at the front in the Kiruna mine.
For eight years, she stood alone on a drilling rig several hundred meters underground and lifted two tons of drill steel per shift.

Tuesday 17/9, at 18.00-19.00
Location: Gula Villan, Södra Parkvägen 4, Boliden

Free entry, Coffee sale

Organizer: Boliden's library and Aktivitetshuset Gula Villan

The event is part of "Boliden 100 years"

Price information

Free entrance