If you wonder what it would look like if more women were in power, check out what’s going on in Finland.
34-year-old Sanna Marin is the youngest prime minister in the world. Her education, finance and interior ministers are also women in their thirties.
This week, the government in Helsinki announced new parents will each be allowed seven months of paid leave. From The New York Times:
“The changes, which were announced Wednesday and could come into effect as early as 2021, are a bid to promote gender equality and inclusivity for same-sex couples and to encourage fathers to take as much time off work as mothers.
“…Ms. Marin is a mother to a young daughter and has previously described herself as part of a “rainbow family.” Her parents separated when she was a child, and she was raised by her mother and her mother’s female partner. She has long been an advocate for progressive policies aimed at supporting families of all kinds.“
NPR writes the government hopes the move will reverse a declining birth rate.
“Minister of Health and Social Affairs Aino-Kaisa Pekonen said the goal of the “radical reform” is to improve gender equality and to boost a declining birth rate, according to Reuters. “This enables better equality between parents and diversity among families,” she said.
Finland also has another strategy for growth, welcoming immigrants.
“We have an aging population, and we need people to come to Finland, to work there and to raise their children and take part in making our society better,” Marin told The Washington Post.