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Canth, Minna (1844 - 1897)

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Minna Canth (born Ulrika Wilhelmina Johnsson, March 19, 1844, Tampere - May 12, 1897, Kuopio) was a Finnish writer and social activist. Canth began to write while managing her family draper's shop and living as a widow raising seven children. Her work addresses issues of women's rights, particularly in the context of a prevailing culture she considered antithetical to permitting expression and realization of women's aspirations. Her play "The Pastor's Family" is her best known. In her time, she became a controversial figure, due to the asynchrony between her ideas and those of her time, and in part due to her strong advocacy for her point of view....

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