Gender equality is an aspect of society that some people still haven't come to terms with so before I begin, let's just get one thing clear. The definition of the phrase "gender equality" is: "the state in which access to rights or opportunities is unaffected by gender." That doesn't mean men or women rule the roost - it simply means both genders are treated fairly. However, in the grand scheme of things, men are generally favored over women, which is what causes hostility and thus, feminism was born.
However, many years later, due to the hard work of the women that came before us, we get news like this. Finland has appointed a new female Prime Minister.
Scroll on to find out just how the government is now led entirely by females...and to see the internet's mixed reactions to such a pivotal change in the political world.
This is Sanna Marin.
However, she has recently made history for something else.
That's a big achievement for someone who only started their political career in 2012.described as "quick" but impactful.
It all started when she was appointed the Head of Council for her hometown.
The Social Democratic Party reigned strong during the all-important elections.
Why did the former PM resign?
The halt has proved to be detrimental for Finland's economy.
Things got too messy for the country which resulted in Antti Rinne’s resignation.
All the major parties in the government are now run by women.
Alexander Stubb, who was PM of the country in 2014, tweeted about the change:
My party is not in government, but I rejoice that the leaders of the five parties in government are female. Shows t… https://t.co/TCHvi0Orac— Alexander Stubb (@Alexander Stubb)1575869794.0
Out of the 5 women, 4 of them are under thirty-five...
Marin told The Guardian this after she won the vote:
via: Getty Images"We have a lot of work ahead to rebuild trust. 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."
Apparently, Marin plans on keeping up with the same political program for now...
She wants to focus on "enabling a safe childhood for everyone and accessible education paths."
via: Getty Images"I got to live a safe childhood, have an education and pursue my dreams. Enabling it for everyone has driven me into politics."
The world is now focused on Sanna Marin.
via: Getty ImagesHowever, many scholars have noted that this wasn't a very surprising turn of events for Finland. The Scandinavian country has always had a strong presence of women in their government unlike many western countries such as the United States, which has never seen a woman take the reigns.
"In the 1983 election, women held 30 percent of the seats."
via: Getty ImagesAnd by 2007, during another election, their numbers made up more than forty percent of lawmakers. They make up forty-seven percent in the term that began in 2019, so these numbers show that it has always been a steady increase.
A professor at the University of Helsinki said that this is a big step towards gender equality.
via: Getty ImagesTuomas Yla-Anttila, who specializes in political science said that Marin's appointment as leader of the country is "symbolic" for global audiences.
And it seems as if the internet is loving it!We did need a "new generation of world leaders."
And this user brought out some straight facts.
@guardian Funny, that 👇 And we have 2 old blokes kicking lumps out of each other. https://t.co/KR9ph6Lrxs— The Dali Male........ be kind❤️ (@The Dali Male........ be kind❤️)1575878037.0