Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, who happens to be the world’s youngest Prime Minister is not only a shining example of woman power but also a representative of rainbow families across the world. Raised by same-sex parents, this working mother plays a big role in normalisation of rainbow families, whose children often have to deal with discrimination.
The political career of Sanna Marin
Sanna Marin at the age of 34 is the youngest Prime Minister in history. She took the PM office on 10th December and is the third female Prime Minister in Finland’s history.
As a member of the Social Democratic Party, she was elected after the resignation of Antti Rinne from his position a the Prime Minister after just six months in office. He had lost the confidence of a coalition partner over his handling of a postal strike.
Sanna Marin began her political career in 2012 after she was elected to the local council in the southern city of Tampere in Finland. She has been a Member of Parliament since 2015 and held the portfolio of transportation and communications ministry. As the newly appointed PM of Finland, she will be heading a coalition with four other parties that are all led by women. Marin is known for her progressive ideas to combat climate change, provide quality health care, and connect with the youth.
This is the 76th Government of Independent Finland, Government led by @MarinSanna.
— Finnish Government (@FinGovernment) December 10, 2019
Raised in a ‘’rainbow family’’
Marin was born in the year 1985 to her biological mother and her female partner. Marin spent her teenage years working in a bakery and was also the first in her family to go to university. She, in a 2017 interview with a Finnish website stated that being brought up in an LGBTQ+ household influenced her views as a politician. However, she did face challenges while growing up because of her family.
The silence was the hardest. Invisibility caused a feeling of incompetence. We were not recognised as a true family or equal to others. But I wasn’t much bullied. Even when I was little, I was very candid and stubborn. I wouldn’t have taken anything easy.” – Sanna Marin
Marin also credited her family for providing her with a stable support system due to which she was able to follow her dreams. She revealed that her mothers have always been supportive of her choices.
Marin’s journey as a mother
Throughout her pregnancy, Marin was active on social media. She has a 22-month-old daughter named Emma Amalia Marin. Sanna has shared her journey of motherhood with pictures of her baby bump to that of breastfeeding, which globally remains a taboo. Moreover, she has constantly been a role model for women of all age groups, from young girls to working women.
Finland sets an example
Finland is one of the most progressive countries in the world when it comes to LGBTQ+ equality. Discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation is considered illegal. Finland was ranked as the fourth-best, in terms of having laws of protection for the LGBTQ+ community.
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Gaurika Taneja is an intern with SheThePeople.TV