Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister of      Iceland (Iceland)

     Women and Adversity:
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     Katrín Jakobsdóttir
     Prime Minister of Iceland

Another example of a woman who has become leader of her country is Katrín Jakobsdóttir (pronounced jack obs deh⸍ tier), prime minister of Iceland since 2017. We have all heard of Iceland, but I only learned more about it because Jakobsdóttir is a world woman leader.

Iceland is an island country in the North Atlantic between North America and     Europe. Scotland is its nearest neighbor but still 500 miles away. Reykjavík is its capital. A mere 360,000 residents, most of whom live in Reykjavík, inhabit the island’s 40,000 square miles (103,000 square km). It is the least inhabited country in Europe.

Jakobsdóttir, 46, has the reputation of being the most trusted politician in Iceland. She is an advocate for women and equal rights, chair of the Left-Green Movement, an environmentalist and proponent of climate change and chair of the Council of Women World Leaders. She opposes membership in NATO, although the country will remain a member. She also opposes joining the European Union. The diligent readers will find out why!

Katrín Jakobsdóttir:

  • Born February 1, 1976 in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital
  • 1999 – earned bachelor’s degree from University of Iceland, major in Icelandic, minor in French
  • 2004 – master’s degree in Icelandic literature from U. of Iceland
  • 1999 – 2003 – language adviser at the news agency RÚV
  • 2004 – 2006 – freelance writer
  • 2004 – 2007 – taught life-long learning and leisure at Mimir School
  • 2005 – 2007 – lecturer at universities

Political Career:

  • 2003 – deputy chair of Left-Green Movement
  • 2013 – now – chair of Left-Green Movement
  • 2009-2013 – minister of education, science and culture; minister of Nordic co-operation
  • 2017 – November, mandated to lead the government
  • 2020 – appointed chair of the Council of Women World Leaders

Personal life:

  • Married to Gunnar Örn Sigvaldason
  • Three sons

Learn more about her:

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister, Iceland – YouTube
Katrín Jakobsdóttir – Wp2032

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 amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and goodreads.com to learn more.

  1. Iceland is at an advantage by having her as its leader.

  2. Judith J Jadron says:

    PM Katrin Jakobsdottir has emerged as a real powerhouse, not only in Iceland, but also with her strong stands and assertions, in making her voice heard with NATO and the UN. Her distinction shows in her focus & priority regarding Sustainable Development Goals. Iceland geographically is much more vulnerable than the leading world powers, and her long-range vision challenges their shorter immediate views.

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