Inspiring Nordic Women
Author: Caroline Brandelius Date Posted:8 March 2020
A day to celebrate all the women in the world and their achievements. A day to highlight women’s rights and amazing capacity. International Women’s Day is here and let’s celebrate with some inspiring powerful Nordic women.
The Nordics is a good part of the world where gender equality is an ongoing progress, even if they still have a long way to go. Nordic women do not hold back. There are some true legends that have made historical footprints with their art and design that we will late forget. These Nordic women have made the world a better place with their own stories in different shapes and will live forever in our minds and hearts.
Armi Ratia (1912-1979)
A designer that truly put Finland on the map with her design. Armi Ratia the founder of Marimekko known for its colourful and flower rich prints on fabric started in the 1950’s. She was one of the first designer to take fine art and print it on textiles. Armi study textile design in Helsinki and graduated year 1935 her brand Marimeko is a journey of success and today one of the biggest brands in the world.
Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002)
Swedish author to hundreds of children’s’ books and creator of famous character as Pippi Longstocking, Emil in Lönneberga, Ronja and Brothers Lionheart. She was once born in Swedish Småland where a lot of her stories take place and today children all over the world are reading her books. If Sweden didn’t have a queen Astrid Lindgren would definitely be on the throne.
Tove Jansson (1914-2001)
Moomins, Moomins and beloved Moomins. Tove Jansson is the amazing author to all the heart-warming stories of Moomins. Stories that became novels, picture books and film. Moomins has been translate to over 50 different languages and is known all over the world. Her fantastic ability to write fun stories that attract both children and adults is one of the reasons to Moomins’ popularity. Besides from being a talented author Tove Jansson was an incredible artist that also made comic strips and graphic design.
And here are five Nordic women you should know about and probably will hear more about in the future.
Greta Thunberg – Swedish Climate Change Activist
Mia Skäringer- Swedish Comedian
Her show “No More Fucks to Give” a celebration to all women, have sold out the biggest arenas in Sweden several times. A show about being everything: ugly, beautiful, weak, strong and just be a human. Mia Skäringer is a popular comedian and actress in Sweden she is now running her own production company and her show has been seen by over 300 000 people. She is the record holder of most sold out arenas in Sweden which means she has beaten both Metallica and Eminem’s visits to Sweden.
Sara Omar- Danish Author, Poet and Human Rights Activist
Sara Omar is the Kurdish-Danish author to the book Dead Washer. It’s a story about a young girl growing up in the Kurdistan Region rejected by her father for being a girl. The story is about the patriarchal Islam, abuse and oppression against women living in the culture. Sara Omar came to Denmark as a refugee 1997 when her family fled the Saddam Hussein regime. At the age of 21 she was forced to get married. Her book has been a best seller since it got realised in November 2017 she hope her story can bring hope to other women.
Ragnhild Mowinckel – Norwegian Alpine Ski Racer
She is the Norwegian ski star that in a young age showed the world who they should watch out for. She won the Junior World Championship in 2012 only 19 years old. Then the list goes on with wins and success with two silver medals from the Olympics in Korea in Downhill and Giant Slalom. In 2018 she took her first Wold Cup win in Giant Slalom. The last seasons she have had troubles with knee injuries which has been devastating for her carrier, but she is not giving in. In interviews with Norwegian newspapers she says that she is focusing on “tears, patience and rehab” to get back to the top.
Mimosa Willamo – Finnish Actress
Mimosa Willamo is an upcoming Finnish actress who already has starred in success movies like Aurora (2019) Karrppi (2018) and Bodom (2016). She is only 26 years old but the future looks good. She has already received the Finnish film award Jussistatyetten for best female supporting role and been nominated in best actress in a leading role. Soon we will see this talented movie star shining bright all over the world.