Yes We Can – Iceland Courageous
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.
- 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
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.