They say the future is female, seems possible in Estonia. It’s the first country to get a female President as well as a Prime Minister .
A new two-party coalition government was sworn in Tuesday in Estonia. Led by the first woman Prime Minister since the Baltic nation regained independence in 1991. 15-member cabinet of PM Kaja Kallas took office after Estonia’s lawmakers in parliament approved and appointed by President Kersti Kaljulaid.
Kallas, 43, is a lawyer and former European Parliament, member. As for Kaljulaid, not only was she the first woman to get elected as the President but also was the youngest person when she assumed office in 2016. She previously used to work as a state official.
The center-right Reform Party that she chairs and the left-leaning Center Party, reached a deal on Sunday to form a coalition government. These two parties are considered to be Estonia’s two biggest political parties. The previous cabinet, with Center leader Juri Ratas as prime minister, collapsed and dissolved this month due to a huge corruption scandal.
According to reports, Kallas stressed gender balance informing the new Cabinet, placing several women in key positions. Including Reform Party’s Keit Pentus-Rosimannus as finance minister, and Eva-Maria Liimets, Estonia’s ambassador to the Czech Republic, as the foreign minister.
Estonia is a nation of 1.3 million, and now is the first and only country where both the head of state and of the government are women. The other three countries with a female head of state and head of government are New Zealand, Denmark, and Barbados. All of these countries have a queen and a female prime minister.
This is a landmark decision that is being lauded over in the entire world. It is a huge step forward towards equality and leadership in terms of women. It also tells that indeed the future is definitely female!