Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 8: International Women's Day

Gina Krog, advocate for women's suffrage.
Photo: National Library of Norway
Women and men around the world paused yesterday to celebrate International Women's Day. In Norway, names like Camilla Collett, Gina Krog and Gro Harlem Brundtland are just a few in the pantheon of Norwegian women whose work and ideals have helped shape modern Norway into a progressive society with policies that protect and support all women.

Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime
minister of Norway. Photo: UN Foundation
Last June, Norway celebrated 100 years of women’s suffrage. If you missed Viking’s feature “The Good Fight: Why Was Norway the First Independent Nation to Give Women the Vote,” or if you’re new to Viking, check it out in the digital edition of the June 2013 issue online. Coming this spring, Viking explores the policies and social climate that consistently earn Norway one of the top rankings in Save the Children’s annual State of the World’s Mothers report. Watch for our upcoming feature in the May issue of Viking.

Ann Pedersen is editor of Viking magazine. She lives with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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