Vasbo, Vibeke

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Vasbo, Vibeke Gender: F
Vibeke Roesdahl
born on 9 July 1944 at 11:40 (= 11:40 AM )
Place Tandslet, Denmark, 54n55, 9e59
Timezone CEST h2e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 17°02' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 00°37 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 24°44'


Danish writer and women's and lesbian rights activist. In the early 1970s, she participated in the Redstocking movement and in the Danish Lesbian Movement. She embarked on a literary career in 1976 with Al den løgn om kvinders svaghed (All those Lies about Women's Weakness) expanding on the work of a woman crane driver, based on her experiences in Oslo in 1974-1975. It was the first Danish book which openly described a woman's experiences from a lesbian viewpoint.

After matriculating from highschool in Sønderborg, she spent half a year as an au pair in Cambridge, England, improving her command of English. On her return to Denmark, she studied German and English at the University of Copenhagen. Participating in political student life, she met Karen Syberg with whom she set up Rødstrumperne, a small group based on American feminist movement Redstockings, which turned into the Danish Redstocking Movement. Vasbo abandoned her university studies in 1973, becoming a medical assistant in Bispebjerg Hospital.

Many of the members of the Redstocking Movement were either already lesbians or decided to adopt lesbian ways. Vasbo, who had undergone a short marriage, was among them. In the face of opposition to lesbianism by many of the Redstocking members, the Lesbian Movement (Lesbisk Bevægelse) was established in 1974, with a membership of 200 activists. Together with Norwegian activist, Gerd Brantenberg, who had become her partner, Vasbo moved to Oslo, working as a crane driver. On the basis of diary notes, she wrote Al den løgn on kvinders svaghed, published in Danish and Norwegian in 1976 and later in German, describing how a woman could take up a job traditionally reserved for men.

Vasbo broke off her contacts with the Lesbian Movement in 1981 when she met Danish priest Leo Thomsen in Italy. She developed a difficult relationship with him, ending in a separation a month before his death in 1998. She described their romance in Miraklet i Amalfi (The Miracle in Amalfi, 1984), bringing her attention. She went on to write a historic novel set in 7th-century England, Hildas sang (Hilda's Song, 1991), combining family life and sex. It was warmly welcome by the critics.

She is the younger sister of the archaeologist and historian Else Roesdahl.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Civil registry birth entry in hand from Sy Scholfield, copy on file (no. 12).


  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Third of four)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Groups (Lesbian activists)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (England, Norway)
  • Passions : Sexuality : Bi-Sexual
  • Passions : Sexuality : Lesbian
  • Vocation : Medical : Nurse/ Nurse's Aids (Medical assistant)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ social (Lesbian and other women's rights)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ feminist
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)