When the Icelandic Women's Society was founded in 1907 women in general did not have voting rights. The Society put great emphasis on strengthening the status of women and ensuring their voting rights and equality with men in all spheres of social life. The Society's first chairwoman was Briet Bjarnhedinsdottir. In December 1887 she held the first official lecture ever given by a woman in Iceland. Its title was: "A Lecture on the Rights and Interests of Women."