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January 30, 2009


Profile: Johanna Sigurdardottir

Veteran MP set to become the first female leader of Iceland, and first openly gay prime minister in the world

For Johanna Sigurdardottir, Iceland‘s longest serving MP and prime minister-in-waiting, it has been a long and somewhat circuitous route to the top. Three decades ago, she was an air stewardess and union official, and the mother of two sons married to a banker. This week her remarkable transformation is close to completion as she contemplates becoming the world’s first openly gay prime minister.

Iceland likely to name world’s first gay premier

  • Johanna Sigurdardottir is on track to succeed Prime Minister Geir Haarde
  • Haarde resigned after the collapse of Iceland’s main banks, currency
  • Sigurdardottir is currently the minister of social affairs and social security
  • Negotiations are underway between Sigurardottir’s party and potential partners

Johanna Sigurdardottir News

Iceland nears center-left deal, EU offers hope

Iceland to Convene Constitutional Parliament in Spring

Prospective Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir of the Social Democrats and chairman of the Left-Greens Steingrímur J. Sigfússon, who is expected to become Iceland’s next minister of finance, announced yesterday that a constitutional parliament will be convened in the spring.

Well, I’ll be!  The world is coming together one country at a time.  Rearranging priorities is a step in the right direction.  “What you can do for me is much more important than who you are”, appears to be catching on.  This politician has credentials across the spectrum.  Her obstacle is her economic savvy.  This is a valid concern that does not address her lifestyle.  Beyond that, her experience as a social manager can lift her effectiveness as a negotiator and organizer.  If she can align a team of economic surgeons for her country, she will be able to orchestrate recovery for her beleaguered nation.

  1. January 31, 2009 7:05 pm

    Talula, sorry for responding late, but I took your suggestion and studied the teach-in info. I posted about it, I love the concept. Thanks for the heads up.
    Thanks for recognizing the social changes popping up around the planet.
    I was impressed how many women are running for office in Iraq. We should see very soon how many are actually elected. The concept really speaks volumes for Muslim women everywhere.

  2. January 30, 2009 2:05 pm

    Great post! Hhmmm! Maybe the world really is finally looking at what we (women, that is) can DO; instead of who we ARE! And with President Obama’s signing yesterday of the extension of time for filing for women’s EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL WORK ACT; maybe we are nearing the point of reality for those who state “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world!”
    Funny – it seems we are crossing paths more and more these days, bosskitty. I just finished posting a message for National Teach-In on Global Warming cominmg up on Feb. 5. You might want to go to the website ( and grab a link to the “First 100 Days” webcast to use here for a more all around post on the info for your audience. Mine was mainly to jar teachers into participating with their students and local civic leaders. Have a great day, Talula.


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