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 Women and Adversity:

21st Century Women

Sanna Marin, Prime Minister of Finland

Aside from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompting Finland, a country of 5.5 million, to apply for membership in NATO, which has gained headlines around the world, Sanna Marin also has gained headlines. As Prime Minister of Finland, she is an example of the emerging “21st century woman”: under 50, intelligent, attractive, social media savvy, politically astute and determined to lead her country to increased prosperity. All of these factors package a confident, modern woman, which includes negatives. I’ll start with what many consider her indiscretions.

  • October 2020: On the cover of Trendi magazine wearing a blazer with nothing underneath it.
  • January 2020-May 2021: Breakfastgate. Reportedly used more than 14,000 euros of taxpayer money for food at her official residence. She reportedly paid back the entire amount.
  • December 2021: Seen “clubbing” past 4 a.m. after coming in contact with an official who tested positive for COVID.
  • The title of Prime Minister of Finland puts Marin in third place for succession

What should we know about Marin’s career?

  • Won a city council seat in Tampere, a city north of Helsinki, in 2012 when she was 27.
  • Was a Member of Parliament in 2015 when she was 30.
  • Became the world’s youngest Prime Minister in 2019 when she was 34.
  • She’s a Social Democrat, the center-to-left party.
  • Advocated joining NATO in her 2022 New Year’s address.Her bio:

Her bio:

  • Born November 16, 1985 in Helsinki
  • Her parents divorced when she young
  • She was raised by her mother and her mother’s same-sex partner
  • The first in her family to earn a degree: bachelor’s and master’s degrees in administrative science from University of Tampere.
  • Had daughter Emma Amalia Marin January 28, 2018.
  • Married her daughter’s father, Markus Räikkönen, ​August 1, 2020

Read more about Marin:

What’s it like to be Sanna Marin, the young female Prime Minister of Finland? – YouTube
Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin says the American Dream is best achieved in Nordic countries (
Opinion: This is what a nation run by women looks like – CNN





Article By: Jo Ann Mathews

I published three ebooks in 2020: Women and Adversity, Honoring 23 Black Women; Women and Adversity, Recognizing 23 Notable Mothers; and Women and Adversity, Saluting 23 Faithful Suffragists to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote. These books are meant to be study guides for all students from grade school through college to help in choosing topics for assignments and to learn more about these noteworthy women. Go to, and to learn more.

  1. Judith Jadron says:

    Wow! Your bio-sketch defines her as the quintessential 21st Century Woman. Now she plays a key role in the Western World’s efforts to block the horrific feats of Vladimir Putin! Brava, Madam Prime Minister!!

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