Do they have the skills to do that?

Burträsk library, Skellefteå

The first female driller of the Kiruna mine, IngMari Lundmark, together with her daughter Anneli Lundmark, talks about the women who preceded them in the mine and the resistance they faced.

In Sweden, women were banned from working underground in mines in 1900, and it took nearly 80 years before this law was finally repealed.

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

Together, they talk about the pioneering women in mining, why women were banned, and the long and eventful struggle—especially in Norrbotten and Västerbotten—to reopen the mines for everyone.

Who were the opponents? Who were the driving forces?

And most importantly, what was it like to be the first woman in a totally male-dominated world?

Wednesday, October 16th, 6:00-7:00 PM, Burträsk Library

Organizer: Skellefteå Municipality/Culture and Library Department

This event is part of the 2024 Storytelling Festival.

Price information

Free entrance