Six Finnish women are being honoured this year with their own postage stamp on March 8, International Women's Day. The Finnish postal services company Itella decided to recognise women in various fields with the booklet of stamps.
Professor Elina Haavio-Mannila, Professor Laila Hirvisaari, the director of the Finnish National Theatre Maria-Liisa Nevala, Academician Leena Palotie, designer Ritva-Liisa Pohjalainen and artist Aira Samulin were all honored with stamps designed by Paivi Vainionpaa.
The stamps feature a silhouette image as well as the signature and a unique attribute of each woman.
Women's Day dates back to 1857, when hundreds of women in New York went on strike to protest low wages, long working hours and inhuman working conditions. Thirty-five years later the day became a time to honour women. International Women's Day has been officially recognised since 1975, or International Women's Year.