Súsanna Helena Patursson

1864 - 1916

Faroe Islands

Súsanna Helena Patursson was a women’s rights pioneer and daughter of a King’s yeoman from Kirkjubø. She learned piano and fine needlework in Copenhagen, then went on to become a legal secretary. She moved back to the Faroe Islands in 1904 to be an active member in the national women’s movement.

She published and edited the women’s periodical Oyggjarnar in 1905-1908 and, apart from a small number of poems, wrote the first Faroese theatre play Veðurføst, performed in 1889, about women’s participation in the national movement and about the Faroese language.

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