On the 10th of December, 2019, Sanna Marin, the 34 year old, who is a member of the Finnish parliament, Eduskunta, became the youngest sitting prime minister of the world and the third woman prime minister of the country.
She was nominated by the Social Democratic Party to succeed Antti Rinne as the Prime Minister and won the position in a 99-70 vote out. The government enjoys a majority of 117 seats in the Parliament.
She became the Minister of Transport and Communications on the sixth of June 2019, and has been active in politics from 2012. In the 2012 elections, she was elected to the City Council of Tampere at the age of 27 which was the most crucial point that helped her spear ahead in her career. She was also a candidate in the 2008 Finnish municipal elections, but was not elected. In 2015 at the age of 30, she was elected to the Parliament as a MP from the electoral district of Pirkanmaa.
Marin, the mother of one has a degree in Administrative Sciences from the University of Tampere and was brought up by same sex parents.
She will head the government formed by a five party centre-left coalition in which 12 out of 18 ministers in the cabinet are going to be women. The four other parties in the coalition are headed by women – three of whom are also in their early 30s.
“I believe through actions the trust of the people is restored”, Marin said in her speech to the media after being elected as the Prime minister.
This is a major win for women all over the world who are always found to be very few in number specially when it comes to the field of politics as well as in roles of leadership.
We can’t wait to witness this era of gradual shift of power!