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Minna Canth’s 173rd Birthday celebrated by Google Doodle
Google Doodle has memorialised Minna Canth, a writer from Finland and a women’s rights activist. Users of Google search in Finland and India are being delivered with the Doodle. Canth manned a clothing shop after the death of her husband, and brought up seven children on her own.
Canth highlighted social issues in her literary works. Työmiehen vaimo was a story about the wife of an alcoholic who is unable to prevent her husband from spending all his money on drinks, as the money legally belonged to him. Although the work caused a scandal when first released, property laws were changed in Finland as a result of it. Anna Liisa is the tragedy of a fifteen year old girl who gets blackmailed for an abortion, but confesses rather than succumb to threats.
Canth was a journalist, and wrote stories for newspapers, and even went on to publish her own newspaper called Wapaita Aatteita. She was one of the few people who chose to write in Finnish rather than Swedish, which increased the visibility of the language globally. As a result of her writings, Finland became the first country in Europe to allow women to vote in 1906. Just a year later, in 1907, Finland became the first country in the world to elect women to the parliament. Finland celebrates her legacy every year as the Day of Equality.