Google is celebrating Finnish writer and social activist Minna Canth s 173rd birthday with a special Doodle. Minna Canth is known for advocating women s rights and today s Google Doodle rightfully projects that. The Google Doodle has a picture of Minna Canth sitting in the middle with the female symbol placed to the left. There is a pencil and a pair of scissors as well on the right. Minna Canth is also the first woman ever to receive her own flag day in Finland, which is celebrated on this very day. In addition to this, March 19 also translates as the day of social equality for Finland. Also Read - Google will not store your bank card details from January 1, 2022: Here’s how it will impact youAlso Read - Google now lets you access an entire library of books with this new feature
Minna Canth with her writing and strong stands for equality led to making Finland the first European country for women to vote. Following this, Finland also became the first ever country in the world to send a women representative to the Parliament. Mina Canth was born as Ulrika Wilhelmina Johnsson on March 19, 1844 in the Finnish city of Tampere. Even as she was pursuing her writing career, Canth was also managing the family business and taking care of seven children as a widow.
Minna Canth s most important works include plays from Ty miehen vaimo (The Worker s Wife) which are about an alcoholic who misuses his wife s inheritance money and wastes it. This work of Canth s helped push the Parliament to enact a law for women to rightfully claim their legal assets. The Pastor s Family was however Minna Canth s most famous and influential play. ALSO READ: International Women s Day 2017 Google doodle pays homage to 13 female pioneers
Minna Canth through her literary works became a controversial figure during her time. Canth published her first book in 1878, which is a collection of short stories called Novelleja ja kertomuksia. Canth is also known for being one of the first authors to write in Finnish instead of Swedish. There is a museum in her hometown as well which celebrates her life and legacy.
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