Sanna Marin - Finnish Prime Minister

On Leadership Equity: Let’s Play Finnish “Quite Trivial” Pursuit

The current leader of Finland (the PM) is Sanna Marin, a woman elected to office in 2019, at age 34. Just last month, she led her country to the threshold of joining NATO, which will greatly strengthen its defensive military capabilities and ability to protect its borders and citizens.

On another note, she recently was out laughing, dancing, and having a good time with some friends. She may have been “dancing as though nobody was watching.” But somebody was—and they had a video camera pointed in her direction.

She was “caught” having fun with her friends and danced (in a group) with a “celebrity pop star” who showed up (a man, not her husband). In the Finnish press all of this was characterized as “partying.”

The video was made public and there was an outcry that someone who “parties” is incapable of making “important government decisions.” I strongly suspect that some members of the Finnish Parliament and maybe even some former male PMs “may have” partied after dark and maybe even danced with people “not their significant other.” They may even have had a few drinks, to boot. [“Which small Nordic country is 17th out of the 195 countries in the world in the percentage of deaths from alcohol ?” If you guessed “Finland!” you got the bonus question right.]

The official Finnish “Very Trivial” Pursuit questions of the day are:

Part One: Was any former male PM or member of the Finnish Parliament ever asked if he “…could make important government decisions if something happened while [he] was out partying?”

Part Two: Did any former male PM or member of the Finnish Parliament feel compelled to answer that question publicly? (After a public outcry PM Marin felt the need to do so, and said, “I don’t remember a single time that there was a sudden situation in the middle of the night to go to the State Council Palace.” “I think my ability to function was really good. There were no known meetings on the days I was partying.”)

Part Three: Has any former male PM or current or former member of the Finnish Parliament been asked to prove through a drug test to be made public that they were not on drugs, because they were dancing and “partying” after dark? Ms. Marin was, and agreed (results pending).

Although 45% of Finnish members of Parliament are women, still, “Something is rotten in the state of Finland*,” and it isn’t PM Marin. So much for the social equality part of Social Democracy.

And yes, this post is about the travesty of social expectations for women leaders compared with men. Welcome to the new Millennium. What’s the standard, again?

PLEASE REPOST in Finland and other countries with women as leaders.

(*The quote from Shakespeare’s Hamlet was, “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.”)

#leadership #womeninleadership #sannamarin #finland

~Will

 

The Leader & The Coach by Steve Chandler & Will Keiper
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