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Women world leaders promote well-being
By Jerry Brownstein
A refreshing stance on world politics and leadership is coming from a new wave of powerful women. Among them is the Prime Minister of Iceland, Katrin Jakobsdottir, who is standing up for the planet and also urging governments to prioritize the happiness and well-being of their country’s citizens over money and the economy. She says that the forefront of government policy should be social justice, economic security and protecting the environment. These should be the top priorities for all nations of the Earth, and not simply a list of goals as to how they can support their economies.

Katrin’s policies are in unison with two other progressive women leaders: Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Ms Sturgeon made headlines during a TED Talk when she called for modern economies to make mental health, childcare, parental leave and green energy part of their priorities. All of these female leaders are calling for an agenda that is more focused on the well-being of their citizens, and a system of economic growth that is inclusive. These three extraordinary women are part of a movement to change the traditional (male) way that world leaders think, and they are a breath of fresh air in these turbulent times.


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