Professor emerita Elina Haavio-Mannila is one of the most
well-known Finnish sociologists both in Finland and
internationally. Gender differences and similarities and
gender equality are research topics that bind together
most of her studies. In the 1960s, she contributed to
the introduction of the new Nordic sex role research
in Finland. The most well known landmark was the book
Suomalainen nainen ja mies (The Finnish Woman
and Man, 1968). The book is counted among classic texts
in Finnish gender studies, and had a large influence
in societal debate at its time.
Characteristic of Haavio-Mannila's researcher profile have
been longitudinal studies, international comparisons,
and intensive international research cooperation. She
has also been a pioneer in research of everyday life
phenomena, from afternoon dancing to work place romances.
Haavio-Mannila was not only the first woman to defend
a doctoral thesis in Sociology in Finland, and the
first woman to obtain a doctoral degree in the Faculty
of Social Sciences at the University of Helsinki
(1958). She was also the first female professor of
the faculty (1992) and first woman ever to chair the
Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters (1995).
Before her appointment to full professor, she had in
fact been an acting professor for nearly two decades.
Elina Haavio-Mannila had been active societally, and
participated in committee work and social debate
around topics of her studies. She is also an expert
known to the general public through the press, radio
1 Midsummer Eve 1996 at Matti Haavio in Sammatti.
3 The Haavio family in 1945 or 1946. Right: Martti Haavio, left: Elsa
Enäjärvi-Haavio. Children: back row left Elina (Haavio-Mannila) and Marjatta
(Koskijoki), front Katarina (Eskola), Matti and Magdalena (Jaakkola).
2 Veronica Stolte-Heiskanen and Elina Haavio-Mannila on a holiday
trip to Bangkok in mid-1980s.
4. Finnish Academy of Science and Letters in 1996 or 1997. The other
woman in the photo is a secretary. Photo: Patrik Lindström.
5 The party after a farewell lecture, Svenska Klubben 2.10.1998. From left:
Paavo Seppänen (?), Päivi Setälä, Erik Allardt, Elina Haavio-Mannila,
Ilkka Niiniluoto and Raija Sollamo.
6 Elina Haavio-Mannila in the old part of the University main building
in autumn 1994. (The photo was taken for a magazine interview.) Photo:
Photos: Elina Haavio-Mannilas private collections.
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