Three newly-appointed ministers tipped Sipilä's government's gender balance significantly. Yle's list of women in different cabinet positions since the 1990s sheds light on how gender equality in politics has developed over time.
The gender balance of the Finnish government tipped significantly when three new ministers were anointed to their new roles on Friday.
MP Jari Leppä (Centre) became Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, MP Antti Häkkänen (NCP) the Minister of Justice and MP Sampo Terho (Finns) the Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sport.
Out of 17 ministers 12 (70.6%) are men, while five (29.4%) are women. Before the appointment of the three new ministers, Prime Minister Sipilä’s government consisted of 14 ministers, nine men and five women.
The gender divide in government has been relatively equal throughout the 2000s. 91 (52.5%) ministers have been men while 82 (47.4%) women. In comparison, Sipilä’s government has a lot of catching up to do.
This summer the scales will be balanced slightly, when Juha Rehula (Centre) will give up his role as Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services to Annika Saarikko (Centre).
Finland’s most female-dominated government yet was Matti Vanhanen’s cabinet in 2007, when 12 out of 20 ministers were women. Anneli Jäätteenmäki and Mari Kiviniemi are the only two women to have held office as Prime Minister.
Way back in 1906, Finland was the first country to adopt full gender equality in its parliament by granting everyone, men and women, the right to vote and stand for election.
How far have Finnish women come in politics since then? Yle's list of women in different cabinet positions since the 1990s sheds light on how gender equality in politics has developed over time.
Esko Aho's (Centre) cabinet 26.4.1991–13.4.1995
Paavo Lipponen's (SDP) 1st cabinet 13.4.1995–15.4.1999
Paavo Lipponen's (SDP) 2nd cabinet 15.4.1999–17.4.2003