Every time I notice that the flags are flying in Finland I check the calendar or ask my wife what the occasion is. The flags are flying today (March 19th)because it is Minna Canth Day. It is also Social Equality Day.
Here is a post that I did a few years ago regarding 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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