Friday, October 16, 2009

Minna Canthin patsas/Statue of Minna Canth

Located in downtown Jyväskylä, in the park known as Kirkkopuisto, not too far from the rose gardens, you will find a statue of a woman that you probably won't recognize. Don't worry, lots of Finns probably wouldn't be able to recognize her either.

Minna Canth (1844-1897), was a Finnish writer and social activist who spent some time in Jyväskylä. She began as a student at the Jyväskylä Teacher's College, which is now known as the University of Jyväskylä.

She went on to become the first newspaperwoman to write in the Finnish language, wrote several plays, and became a succesful businesswoman, despite the fact that she had to raise 7 children on her own following the death of her husband.

Her play Työmiehen vaimo (The Worker's Wife) influenced popular opinion so much that shortly after its release, parliament passed a law regarding separation of property in marriage, a revolutionary idea for its time.

Where to find the statue of Minna Canth in downtown Jyväskylä:

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1 comment:

  1. hey will, it's fun to read your's like traveling! i studied minna canth at the u of mn ages ago with tuulikki sinks...or was it borje the swedefinn? can't remember...anyway we named our oldest daughter for minna canth. whoa, whatta a fierce namesake!