Agda after: Agda Östlund came from a working family but was encouraged in her political commitment in the childhood home in Köping. She supported her self as an seamstress in Stockholm, where she moved in 1896. There she built a studio with several employees on her own. Östlund joined the Stockholm Women's Club in 1903, where she was also chairman. She traveled on many agitation trips through the country where she spoke for female voting rights. She was also active in the Social Democratic Women's Federation, including chairman of her executive committee 1911-1917. In 1921, seaman Agda Östlund and photographer Nelly Thüring became the first social-democratic women in parliament. They were elected to the Riksdag in connection with the new elections, after the women in Sweden had the right to vote.
In the Riksdag, she became the first woman who spoke in parliamentary second chamber. She also became the first woman to be elected as a member of the legislative committee, as representative of Social Democrats. Agda Östlund engaged her self agains wife beating and women's right to retirement and improved care for women and children. When she tried to discuss the right to abortion, many MPs rose and went out of the hall."