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Hilda Maria Käkikoski was a Finnish politician, writer and schoolteacher. She was one of the first nineteen women elected to Finnish parliament in 1906.
Born: January 31, 1864
Died: November 14, 1912, Helsinki, Finland
Buried: Karjalohja
Buried alongside: Hildi Ennola

Karjalohja, or Karislojo in Swedish, is a former municipality of Finland. It is located in the province of Southern Finland and is part of the Uusimaa region. The municipality has a population of 1,474 (31 December 2012) and covers an area of 163.40 square kilometres (63.09 sq mi) of which 42.11 km2 (16.26 sq mi) is water. Karjalohja was consolidated with the town of Lohja on 1 January 2013. The municipality is unilingually Finnish.
Address: Keskustie 30, 09120 Karjalohja, Finland (60.24211, 23.71949)
Type: Cemetery (open to public)
Who: Hilda Maria Käkikoski (January 31, 1864 – November 14, 1912)
Hilda Käkikoski was a Finnish politician, writer and schoolteacher. She was one of the first nineteen women elected to Finnish parliament in 1906. Käkikoski was born Hilda Maria Sjöström in Lapinjärvi in 1864. She moved to Helsinki by herself at the age of 14 to attend a girls' high school with a scholarship. There, she changed her Swedish surname to Käkikoski, the Finnish surname of her neighbours. After finishing school, she worked as a home tutor until 1888 when she enrolled in university; she completed a PhD in Finnish and Nordic history in 1895. She went on to become a teacher at a Helsinki school, teaching classes in history and the Finnish language from 1891 until 1902. As Käkikoski developed an interest in feminism and women's suffrage, she became an active member of the Finnish Women's Association, and wrote numerous articles for the association's magazine. She was elected its vice president in 1895 and held the position until 1904. In 1906, she ran for election with the conservative Finnish Party to the newly established Parliament of Finland; the 1906 election marked the first that women were able to vote and be voted in. Käkikoski won the vote in her district, Uusimaa, and became one of the first 19 women elected to parliament. She did not stand for re-election in 1910 due to health problems. Käkikoski's literary work included children's songs, poetry and short stories. In 1902, she began writing a four-volume account of Finnish history. She continued working on the project until her death in 1912, but the work was never completed. One of her early relationships was with schoolteacher and activist Fanny Pajula, with whom she lived for six years until 1895. Later in life, Käkikoski was romantically involved with her married friend Hildi Ennola, her American friend Frances Weiss, deaconess Hanna Masalin, and political activist Helmi Kivalo; Käkikoski maintained involvement in all of these relationships until her death in 1912. Käkikoski is buried in Karjalohja, close to the grave of Hildi Ennola. A statue honouring her can be found in Porlammi.

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