Finland puts everyone to shame by appointing a progressive millennial woman as world's youngest PM

Sirena Bergman@SirenaBergman
Monday 09 December 2019 11:15
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The world's happiest country had a troubling moment earlier this year, when – like in much of the rest of Europe – the far-right suddenly found itself making gains.

But it seems Finnish politics has seriously turned things around this week, appointing 34-year-old Sanna Marin to lead a five-party coalition – with every party led by a woman.

Marin isn't just the youngest prime minister in the world, she's also from a humble background, raised by a female same-sex couple in a rented flat, started out as a chairperson of the City Council in Tampere, and worked her way up the ranks to leader of the centre-left Social Democratic Party.

Obviously, the old guard of politics is very keen to draw attention to the fact that she's not your typical prime minister, to which she had the perfect answer:

I have never thought about my age or gender. I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.

She'll join a swathe of young women making waves in the political establishment, including the so-called "squad" in the US, unofficially led by left-wing millennials' favourite congresswoman, 30-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and 39-year-old feminist posterwoman Prime Minister Jacinda Arden in New Zealand.

Here in the UK, 36-year-old Faiza Shaheen is vying to become our very own AOC, running on a grassroots progressive platform for Labour against Iain Duncan Smith in Chingford and Woodford Green.

It seems it's the right time for millennial women to stand up to the political establishment, and we're very much here for it.

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