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Finland Is Now Completely Run By Women

By almost any metric, Finland's economy is thriving. The Scandinavian country is ranked world-first for world happiness, environmental health and adult literacy as well as boasting an excellent work-play balance and national health system.

Now, they've solidified themselves on the world stage as the gender equality capital of the world as, of this week, all of their figures heads are actually female. 

On Monday, Finland’s five-party coalition government elected 34-year-old Sanna Marin to the seat of prime minister.

Upon her swearing-in on Tuesday, Marin will become the world’s youngest sitting prime minister and will replace outgoing leader Antti Rinne. Rinne resigned on Tuesday over his handling of a dispute involving the country’s state-owned postal service.

"I have never thought about my age or gender,” Marin reportedly told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

When asked about her victory she said, “I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate." 

Marin will now work alongside the five major political parties – all of whom boast women at the helm; Katri Kulmuni, 32, leads the Centre Party; Maria Ohisalo, 34, leads the Green League; Li Andersson, 32, leads the Left Alliance; and Anna-Maja Henriksson, 55, leads the Swedish People's Party of Finland.

In a tweet celebrating Marin's victory, Alexander Stubb, who served as Finland’s prime minister from 2014 to 2015, hailed the result, commenting on the progressive nature of the country. 

"My party is not in government, but I rejoice that the leaders of the five parties in government are female. Shows that Finland is a modern and progressive country.

"The majority of my government was also female. One day gender will not matter in government. Meanwhile pioneers."

In addition to the gendered element of Tuesday’s political victories, the relative youth of the newly-elected cabinet is also noteworthy.

Of the five women now currently heading the five major parties, four are under the age of 35 –echoing the vitality of a growing, global youth movement in politics, the ripple effects of which have been felt in school protests and Houses of State. 

Something Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman to serve in the United States Congress, has grown to become passionate about.

Since the group of four freshman congresswomen known as “the squad” (comprised of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Presley) rose to national prominence after winning their respective elections in the 2018 primary, the question of age has played an increasingly pivotal role in U.S. politics. 

Not to mention, women are also running the show at the ongoing impeachment hearings.

"I have spoken in the past about how youth is not an embodiment of age, but of attitude—a willingness to risk for what is right, among others,” Ocasio-Cortez once tweeted.

“We also shouldn't be afraid to acknowledge the dearth of young elected officials + those implications."

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