Augusta Aasen

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Augusta Aasen

Augusta Aasen, née Paasche (19 May 1878 – 3 August 1920) was a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party.

She was born in Osen as a daughter of Fredrik Christian Paasche and Pauline Sivertsdatter Vaagen.[1] Together with book printer Edolf Aasen (1877–1969) she had the son Arne Paasche Aasen, a well-known poet.[2][3]

She hailed from Steinkjer, and was a member of Trondhjem city council from 1908 to 1911.[4] She was the first female council member in Norway's third largest city.[1] She then moved to Kristiania and was a secretary in Norges Socialdemokratiske Ungdomsforbund from 1912 to 1914. She also worked in the newspaper Direkte Aktion.[4]

Politically, she was a board member of Kristiania Labour Party,[4] and a deputy board member of the central board.[5] In 1920, she was the only female Norwegian delegate to the Second Comintern Congress.[6] Here she died at the airport when she was hit by an airplane propeller.[5] She was buried in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis; as the only Norwegian woman buried here.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Stene, Morten (ed.). "Aasen, Augusta". Steinkjerleksikonet (in Norwegian). Steinkjer. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  2. ^ Henriksen, Trond. "Arne Paasche Aasen". In Helle, Knut. Norsk biografisk leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Stene, Morten (ed.). "Aasen, Edolf". Steinkjerleksikonet (in Norwegian). Steinkjer. Retrieved 9 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Friis, Jakob; Hegna, Trond; Juel, Dagfin, eds. (1936). "Åsen, Augusta". Arbeidernes Leksikon (in Norwegian). 6. Oslo: Arbeidermagasinets Forlag. pp. 1144–1145. 
  5. ^ a b Maurseth, Per (1987). Gjennom kriser til makt 1920-1935. Volume three of Arbeiderbevegelsens historie i Norge (in Norwegian). Oslo: Tiden. p. 140. ISBN 82-10-02753-0. 
  6. ^ Maurseth, 1987: p. 139