Celebrating International Day Of The Girl: Swedish Edition


Celebrating International Day Of The Girl: Swedish Edition

Today is International Day of the Girl, and to celebrate, we pulled together a list of 10 Swedish girls that have been kicking butt and making a name for themselves throughout history.

Hilma af Klint (artist; 1862-1944)

We love how this lady, who was has also been referred to as a mystic, created works of art that were wildly different from the still life work many artists at the time were painting. An exhibition of her work opens tomorrow at the Guggenheim and runs through Feb. 3, 2019.

Hilma af Klint, 1907 © Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk. Photo: Albin Dahlström/Moderna Museet


Selma Lagerlöf (author; 1858-1940)

Lagerlöf, who wrote dozens of short stories and novels, was the first female writer to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Selma Lagerlšf 1923; Photo: Atelje Jaeger, Stockholm


Alva Myrdal (activist; 1902-1986)

Talk about a lady with a mission. Myrdal’s passion was centered on children and the family unit in Sweden. She authored books about children and population issues, and she went on to serve in parliament. She earned a Nobel Peace Prize in 1982.



Jenny Lind (opera singer; 1820-1887)

Jenny Lind saw great success as an opera singer. When she retired at the age of 29, she synced up with P.T. Barnum and toured with him in the United States, donating a lot of her profits to charity. She was so successful and renowned, she even has a town named after her in California.



Bridget of Sweden (saint; 1303-1373)

We’re throwing it way back with our girl Bridget. Also known as Saint Bridget of Sweden, Bridget dedicated her life to prayer and helping others in need. She’d go on to be the founder of the Brigittine Order, known today as the Order of the Most Holy Savior.



Eva Ekeblad (scientist, 1724-1786)

Ekeblad’s scientific prowess discovered the versatility of potato starch – and how one could derive flour and alcohol from the tuber. She was also the first woman to be elected to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.


Greta Garbo (actress; 1905-1990)

Starring in silent films during the roaring 20s, Garbo navigated the Hollywood scene for two decades. Reclusive after she quit acting, Garbo, who once was the highest paid actor or actress at MGM, beat breast cancer and lived a quiet life in NYC until she died in 1990.


Annika Sörenstam (golfer; 1970 – )

She hit the green, and she earned some green! Sörenstamn tops the LGPA’s career money list with earnings over $22 million. She won 90 international tournaments, 72 LPGA tournaments – including 10 majors. She’s has since retired from the sport, but we think she’s earned it.


Christina, Queen of Sweden (1626-1689)

This lady ascended the throne at the age of six, although she didn’t officially begin her reign until she was 18. A woman of her own, she decided not to marry, she gave up the throne at 28 and even back in her day and  she stirred up conversations around gender and sexuality.


Astrid Lindgren (author; 1907-2002)

Beloved children’s author Astrid Lindgren makes our list, because she’s the creator of our girl icon, Pippi Longstocking. Lindgren once said, “A childhood without books – that would be no childhood.” And we have to agree – thank you, Astrid, for giving our children wonder worlds to escape to!

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