Karen Platou, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Karen Platou

Norwegian businesswoman and politician

Date of Birth: 09-Jul-1879

Place of Birth: Mandal, Southern Norway, Norway

Date of Death: 10-Jun-1950

Profession: architect, businessperson, politician

Nationality: Norway

Zodiac Sign: Cancer


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About Karen Platou

  • Karen Platou (9 July 1879 – 10 June 1950) was a Norwegian businesswoman and a politician for the Conservative Party.
  • Platou was the country's first woman to be elected Member of Parliament.She was born in Mandal, Vest-Agder, the daughter of treasurer Otto Michael Stoud Platou (1852 – 1903) and Ida Nanna Amalie RΓ¦der (1852 – 1903).
  • Among the many prominent members of her family were her uncle Christian Emil Stoud Platou, rail road director and Conservative politician, and another uncle Waldemar Stoud Platou, brewer and businessman.
  • She grew up in Kristiania – today called Oslo – and received her education here and in Hanover, Germany.
  • After finishing her education she started working as an architect, and also got involved in organisational and political work.From 1919 Platou had been a deputy representative in the Norwegian Parliament – Stortinget – for the Conservative Party.
  • In the 1921 election, she was elected Member of Parliament for the constituency of Kristiania, as the first woman in the country.
  • The 1921 election was the first Norwegian election with proportional representation, which probably helped the chance of a woman being elected.
  • Her first speech in Parliament was a criticism of then Prime Minister Otto Blehr's assertion that chocolate was a luxury commodity.
  • Platou believed it was an important part of children's diet.
  • She was elected out of office after her first term was up, but continued for another term as deputy representative.In 1930 she established her own publishing business.
  • During World War II, Platou worked actively for the resistance movement, until she was exposed and had to flee to Sweden in 1942.
  • Platou died in 1950; she was never married.

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