Tove Jansson (1914-2001) was a Finnish author and illustrator. She is best known
for her Moomin children books, that became internationally famous and
She studied arts and design in Stockholm and
Paris, and had her first solo exhibition in 1943. She wrote the first Moomin book
two years later. In 1966 she received the Hans Christiansen Award, the highest
recognition for a writer or illustrator of children’s books.
Pietilä (1917-2009) was one of the most important graphic artists in Finland. She
collaborated with her partner, Tove Jansson (pictured) on numerous projects,
most famously the Moomins.
In addition to her work as an artist, she was a teacher at the Academy of
Fine Arts in Helsinki. She was awarded the Pro Finlandia medal in 1963.
Miina Sillanpää (1866-1952) was the
first female minister in Finland, and an important activist for workers’ rights
in the country. She was instrumental in passing the 1950 Municipal Homemaking
Act, which helped rural families living in poverty.
She was a member of
the Social Democratic Party, and campaigned for more rights for women and
workers. She was elected to the Parliament of Finland in 1907, and served for
38 years. She was the Minister of Social Affairs in 1926-7, the first woman in
this type of position.