Sanna Mirella Marin has been serving as Finland’s Prime Minister since December 10, 2019. A Social Democrat at age 34, she is not only the world's youngest serving state leader but Finland's youngest prime minister. Her all-women governing cabinet of 5 parities speaks for how far Finland’s social equality has developed. The United States, as a world leader of developed countries, pales in comparison as far as its citizens’ engagement with dimensions of social justice, be it gender or racial equality.
Finland was the first country in the world to elect women to parliament over a century ago. Many other countries in the world also have had female leaders, such as England, India, Austria, Taiwan, Brazil, Ukraine, to name a few. Women or any other candidates of various backgrounds should not be judged based on their gender, sexual orientation, age, race, or economic status. A leader is to lead with character, vision, and coalition from all sides.
Commentators have cast Marin as the antidote to strongman world leaders. As the world watches how Marin tackles, everybody should get on board in the United States amidst its own country’s political debates and partisan divides, to rethink what opportunities or choices the American people are allowing themselves to have in the upcoming election. Do we judge and choose wisely, or do we let our bias or greed steer our destiny? Do we need a divider or a principled leader? Do we side with dictatorship, or do we stand up for our own freedom? Do we vote solely for illusive money pockets, or do we vote for a meaningful, healthy and prosperous life? Do we want a pompous showman, or do we hope for a solid, genuine humanitarian to rebuild, and to restore our sense of justice? Many Americans appear to be still very much at war with their own conscience. Justice or no justice -- whether or not America the quintessential “land of the free and home of the brave” can survive it tainted systems, the 2020 election shall reveal.