Finland’s Third Female Prime Minister is World’s Youngest

Finland just elected its newest Prime Minister, 34-year-old Sanna Marin. She is the third woman and the world’s youngest woman to take on this role. 

Formally the country’s transportation minister, Marin will lead her government’s coalition of five parties, all of them led by women and four of them under age 35. Marin is a member of the Social Democratic Party. 

Women in politics is nothing new to Finland, with women winning 85 of 200 seats in 2011, and beating that record this year with women taking 93 seats, making them 47% of Parliament’s members.

The country is no stranger to ranking as one of the top countries in the world for gender equality. Youth is also something Finland has embraced, with 48% of the seats held by people under age 45. 

The Realist Woman’s take:

It’s always the Nordic countries that rank high in gender equality. They value women and it’s a culture that works to make sure women are seen and considered as equals. No country is perfect but this one seems to be on the right track.

I’m the same age as Prime Minister Marin and she is running an entire country. That’s outstanding. And on top of that, she’s leading a coalition of women who lead Finland's political parties. The U.S. could learn a thing or two from this history making election when it comes to women and young women at that. We mock and dismiss our young women in politics. Finland makes their young women their leaders. Huge difference in culture and gender equality.