Linda Eenpalu

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Linda Marie Eenpalu, (20 September 1890 – 4 June 1967, born Linda Marie Koplus, until 1935 named Einbund) was an Estonian politician. She was a member of the National Constituent Assembly (1937) and a Member of the Second Chamber of the National Council (1938) and the first of her gender in both of these positions. She was a well-known women's rights activist. She was married to politician Kaarel Eenpalu, who was prime minister in 1938–39.

Biography[edit]

Eenpalu studied in Tartu in 1911–12. She was a librarian at Tartu Public Library Society in 1913–14, at a high school for girls in 1919–20 and as a teacher at a high school in Stockholm in 1920–26. She was a co-founder of the Estonian Female Student's Society (1911), member of the central committee of the Estonian Women's Club from 1928, Chairperson of the Central Society of the Estonian Rural Women in 1929–40 and a member of the National Economic Council in 1935–38. In 1937, she was a member of the national housing department, and in 1938–40 she was the only female member of the Second Chamber of the National Council.

She was arrested in 1941 and deported to Tomsk Oblast, where she remained until 1956.