Helsinki, Finland, March 19th. On this day, you may notice the Finnish flag flying all over the city. And you know what? It is not a custom to fly the national flag in all public buildings. This takes place only on special occasions (they call them flag days). So, what is it special about this day?
It is the birthday of Minna Canth, Finland’s first feminist and one of its most important writers. Her whole work is about women’s rights and gender equality. She was the first woman to receive her own flag day. But it is also the day to celebrate social equality in Finland. And Finland has a lot to pride in when it comes to that. How did this small country manage to become the world’s best place to be a woman or girl?