Joining the ranks of some of the most influential female leaders including New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Arden and American politician, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, there’s finally a real female presence in politics at the moment.
Sanna Marin is the third woman to ever become Prime Minister of Finland, but she’s also the youngest.
At aged 34, she is overseeing a coalition comprising of four female-led parties, and her CV is pretty impressive. She’s been involved in Finnish politics since she 2012 and has been a member of Finnish Parliament since 2015, so it’s fair to say she’s come a long way.
Here are some of the reasons why Sanna Marin is so empowering…
She’s one of the few women holding a leading post globally
After the loss of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and British female MP’s dealing with violations such as maternity pay, female rights and the perception of a strong, yet relatable female leader has become difficult for the masses to gain support. Sanna has catapulted to front of European politics proving she is a trusted, supported and strong leader.
Her ambition has made her the youngest Prime Minister
We’re used to seeing those fronting the political scene on a global scale as being much older and faces we’ve seen in politics for a decade or longer. Being in the political game for just seven years, Marin has managed to establish herself and her position in Finnish politics in such a quick amount of time.
She’s representative of the direction young people want to go in
Although Finland is one of the more liberal countries, Marin’s election to Prime Minister is an obvious result of how powerful the youth vote can be. As a part of the Social Democratic party, one of her leading policies including the aim to become carbon-neutral by 2035. With a Gen Y and Gen Z really investing in the climate crisis, Marin’s policies have really hit home with her voters.
She’s worked her way up to Prime Minister
Growing up in a single parent household, Marin was the first in her family to attend University at the University of Tampere in Finland. She graduated in 2017 with a Master of Administrative Sciences.
Her election is an example of the fairness of the Finnish system
With a political world dominated by men, from Boris Johnson in the UK to Donald Trump in the US, Marin is currently one of three women holding the position of Prime Minister.