International Women’s Day the Danish Way

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen celebrated the International Women’s Day by reshuffling the government. And lo and behold the two ministers that left were women, and the two to replace them are men. One of the female ministers, Birthe Rønn Hornbech, really, really, reaaaalllyyy had to go since she has been the source of some serious controversy about her ministry’s handling of citizenship applications from stateless people.

But I think it’s depressing that the Prime Minister would not maintain one of the few nice things he’s done in his time namely to have a 50/50 gender division among his ministers. And it just adds insult to injury that it happens on the 8th of March.

Another and much sadder thing in the 8th of March perspective is that the other female minister, Tina Nedergaards’s, reason for leaving was that her family was suffering from her absence from them due to her work as a minister. A woman makes it to the top, a woman leaves the top to take care of her family. Nice of her but rather old school if you ask me – I don’t see a man doing the same. Please get your act together, woman!

Søren Pind, Troels Lund Poulsen, Lars Løkke Rasmussen and Peter Christensen. Photo: Peter Hove Olesen

However. This government is a lame duck. Denmark will hold elections within the next six months. Personally I can’t wait! They might just bring us a female Prime Minister.


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