Valborg Svensson (29 January 1903 – 20 April 1983) was a Swedish communist politician and journalist. She was a long-term member of the Stockholm city council and contributed to various publications of the Communist Party.

Valborg Svensson
Member of the Stockholm city council
In office
Personal details
Greta Valborg Elisabet Svensson

29 January 1903
Huskvarna, Jönköping, Sweden
Died20 April 1983(1983-04-20) (aged 80)
Bromma parish, Stockholm county, Sweden
Resting placeSkogskyrkogården, Gamla Enskede, Stockholm
Political partyCommunist Party

Early life edit

Svensson was born in Huskvarna, Jönköping, on 29 January 1903.[1] Her mother died when she was 7.[1] Her father married again, and she was adopted by a teacher when the family had more children.[1]

At 15 she began to work as a maid and then became a worker at a textile factory in Jönköping between 1923 and 1927.[2]

Political activities edit

Svensson joined the Communist Party in 1928.[1] She was a board member of a publication entitled Arbetarkvinnornas tidning (Swedish: Working women’s paper) from 1930 which was affiliated with the Communist Party.[3] She also edited a section of the communist newspaper, Ny Dag.[3] She received political training in Moscow from 1930 to 1933.[3] Upon her return to Sweden she served in the central committee of the Communist Party in the period 1933–1936.[3] She went to Bergen, Norway, where she contributed to the activities of the labor movement between 1936 and 1938.[3] In 1942 she was elected to the Stockholm city council for the Communist Party.[1] Following World War II she became a member of the Svenska Kvinnors Vänsterförbund (SKV; Swedish women’s leftist federation), an organization affiliated with the Women's International Democratic Federation.[2] In the 1950s she was part of the editorial board of Vi kvinnor i democratikt worldförbund, a publication of the Communist Party.[3] Svennson served in the Stockholm city council until 1962.[1][3]

Personal life and death edit

Svensson married a Norwegian journalist, Arvid G. Hansen, in 1931.[4] They divorced in 1939.[4] She died in Bromma parish, Stockholm county, on 20 April 1983.[3] She was buried at Skogskyrkogården in Gamla Enskede, Stockholm.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Greta Valborg Elisabet Svensson". Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon.
  2. ^ a b Irene Andersson (2016). "Telling stories of gendered place and space: The political agency of the Swedish Communist Valborg Svensson (1903–1983)". In Erla Hulda Halldórsdóttir; et al. (eds.). Biography, Gender and History: Nordic Perspectives. Turku: K & h, kulttuurihistoria. pp. 165–185. ISBN 978-951-29-6678-3. OCLC 1080950512.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Irene Andersson. "Greta Valborg Elisabet Svensson". Svenskt biografiskt lexikon (in Swedish).
  4. ^ a b "Arvid G. Hansen". Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian).

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