Anna Lindh (1957-2003)
was a Swedish politician, a member of the Social Democratic Party. She served
as Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Environment.
She served as chairman of the Council of
the European Union in 2001, averting a civil war between Kosovo and Macedonia.
She was a vocal supporter of Sweden joining the Eurozone, and was campaigning
for it at the time of her murder in 2003. A year later, the Anna Lindh Prize
was established to honour a person or an institution fighting for human rights.
Olander (1861-1943) was a Swedish teacher and
politician. She was also a strong proponent of women’s suffrage in her country.
She worked as a teacher in several Swedish
cities and also served as the chairperson of the Falun branch of the National
Association for Women’s Suffrage. She was a board member of the public
libraries in the same city, and in 1910 was elected as one of its first female
councillors. She is also known for her close friendship with the writer Selma
Hedvig Nordenflycht (1718-1763)
was an early Swedish feminist. She was the host of a literary salon in
Stockholm and supported women’s writing in her country.
Her literary debut took place in 1742 with the
poem The Lament of the Swedish Woman.
In 1753 she became the only female member of the literary academy Tankebyggarorden, created with the
purpose of reforming Swedish literature.
Hédi Fried (b. 1924) is a Jewish-Swedish
author and Holocaust survivor of Romanian origin. She survived the ordeal of
Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen before emigrating to Sweden with the help of the
In Sweden, she started
working as a psychologist, promoting education and tolerance in young people.
She wrote five autobiographical books detailing the horrors of the Holocaust.
She has won numerous cultural awards, and was named European of the Year in 1997.
Swedish politician ‘raped for his beliefs’:
I really liked a comment I saw under this. The right wing is totally against gay sex. UNLESS IT’S GAY RAPE. Sick.
Sophie Adlersparre (1823-1895) was one
of the pioneers of the women’s rights movement in Sweden. In 1884 she founded
the Fredrika Bremer Association, the first women’s rights organisation in Sweden.
She also worked as a journalist and helped with the founding of the Swedish Red
She founded Home Review in 1859, the first magazine for women in Scandinavia. Home Review was a popular platform for women’s rights, gender roles, and feminism. The magazine focused on female
access to education and to different professions to make women financially
Sarah Marquis (b. 1972)
is an adventurer and explorer from Sweden. She is best known for walking 20,000
km across Siberia and to the Gobi Desert, then across Australia.
include walking across the United States, border-to-border, in four months, and
across South America through the Andes in eight. The trip across Siberia and
Australia took three years to complete. In 2014 she was awarded Adventurer of
the Year by National Geographic.