Alva Myrdal was a Swedish sociologist, diplomat and politician.
19 Facts About Alva Myrdal
Alva Myrdal was a prominent leader of the disarmament movement.
Alva Myrdal married Gunnar Myrdal in 1924; he received the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1974, making them the sixth ever married couple to have won Nobel Prizes, and the first to win independent of each other.
Alva Myrdal was born in Uppsala and grew up as the first child of a modest family, the daughter of Albert Reimer and Lowa Jonsson.
Alva Myrdal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Stockholm in 1924.
Alva Myrdal further deepened her studies in the fields of psychology, education and sociology whilst in the US.
Alva Myrdal had the special chance to broaden her knowledge of children's education.
Alva Myrdal first came to public attention in the 1930s, and was one of the main driving forces in the creation of the Swedish welfare state.
Alva Myrdal coauthored the book Crisis in the Population Question.
Alva Myrdal was highly critical of developments in the operation of preschools for children in Sweden.
Alva Myrdal stressed that there were material obstacles in the way of being able to access a good education.
Alva Myrdal personally worked there as a teacher and pedagogue by training preschool teachers.
Alva Myrdal emphasized the lack of recent educational research in regards to preschool teacher training.
Alva Myrdal's teaching tried to integrate the new discoveries in child psychology in education.
In 1962, Alva Myrdal was elected to the Riksdag, and in 1962 she was sent as the Swedish delegate to the UN disarmament conference in Geneva, a role she kept until 1973.
Alva Myrdal participated in the creation of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, becoming the first chairman of the governing board in 1966.
Alva Myrdal wrote the acclaimed book The Game of Disarmament, originally published in 1976.
In 1983 Alva Myrdal effectively ended the heated controversy over the future of Adolf Fredrik's Music School, "The AF-fight".
Alva Myrdal promoted reforms in child care and later became a government commission on women's work and chair of the Federation of Business and Professional Women.