The petition in Sparbu between the 8th and the 14th of August 1905: In August 1905 a referendum was held in which the question was approval or rejection of the parliamentary decision of the 7th of June, when the union of crowns with Sweden was abrogated. Women were not permitted to take part, but in the course of a few days they collected approximately 280,000 signatures in support of the decision. The question is how they managed to achieve this result. The village of Sparbu is selected to provide a close-up picture of how the operation was carried out in the countryside. All the 13 women who gathered 557 signatures between the 8th and the 14th of August were below 50 years of age. Many had a large family. The protesters were linked in informal, overlapping networks. Teachers, teachers’ wives and others associated with the teaching profession formed one such network. Another involved farmer’s wives and daughters from larger farms, some of whom were related. The network that was organised through the Norwegian Women’s Public Health Association and National Women’s Suffragette Association and which grew out of the community at Mære Agricultural College, was particularly influential. This community was peculiar for the village, but the other findings seem to confirm the few studies that have been previously made on the subject.