Equality at Finnish Embassy


The Embassy of Finland in Washington hosted an invitation-only “Suffrage Birthday Bash” on March 8, International Women’s Day.  The celebration commemorated the 90th anniversary of the National Women’s Party and the centenary of Finland’s universal suffrage.

NWHM President Susan Jollie and Board Member Linda Denny were honored to attend this elegant event.  The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum worked with the Embassy to coordinate the program, emceed by the wife of the Finnish Ambassador.  Dinner was followed by a recorded video message from Tarja Halonen, the President of Finland, celebrating 100 years of full political equality for women in her country. Susan Jollie was asked to offer a toast honoring the event hosts.  Ms. Jollie congratulated the Finnish government on its 100 years of suffrage and noted some parallels between the women’s suffrage movement in the United States and that in Finland around the turn of the 20th century.

Other highlights from the evening included a presentation by Amy Conroy, Executive Director of the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum.  She spoke about suffrage and women’s rights activist Alice Paul and her history with the National Women’s Party.

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