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Iceland’s PM among Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers

Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is included in the magazine Foreign Policy’s recently-published listing of the world’s “Top 100 Global Thinkers” in 2011, ranking number 87.


Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir.

The FP reasoned that Jóhanna earned her place on the list “for showing how good women are at fixing what men break.”

“In 2009, Iceland’s government became the first casualty of the global economic crisis. And following decades of ill-advised deregulation and financial speculation under the country’s male-dominated political elite, Iceland went in a radically different direction — backing a former flight attendant turned union rep turned legislator, Johanna Sigurdardottir, as its first female prime minister and the world’s first openly gay country leader,” the FP’s evaluation reads.

“Sigurdardottir has since presided over a feminist revolution. Nearly half the country’s legislature is now female, as are four of its 10 cabinet members. She has supported high-profile campaigns against rape and domestic violence, and a law legalizing same-sex marriage passed unanimously — allowing Sigurdardottir to marry her longtime partner in 2010. Prostitution and strip clubs have been banned.”

“It seems to be working: Iceland’s economy is finally starting to show signs of life after much lighter cuts to social welfare programs than in other European countries. Maybe it’s time for them to dump the boys’ club, too,” the evaluation concludes.

In the FP’s view, the top three Global Thinkers in 2011 are US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.


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