More female political party leaders for Estonia

Estonia now has three female party leaders when a mere year and a half ago there were none. This is certainly an interesting turn of event right before the 2019 parliamentary elections.

Marian Männi
Marian Männi Eesti Ekspress, Estonia
Source: Eesti Ekspress
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Kristina Kallas, YouTube

Why this story matters:

There are eleven (soon-to-be-twelve) registered parties in Estonia.

For the first time, three of these parties are headed by women. Either it's a coincidence or a strategic move, but whatever the case, it indicates a certain change in a country that got its first female president only two years ago.

The latest woman to take a leading position in a party is Kristina Kallas, most possibly the first head of the Eesti 200 party ("Estonia 200" in English, in reference to Estonia 100 year celebration this year).

In an interview to Eesti Ekspress, Kallas said that the current political culture predetermines a forceful and aggressive role that suits men better. However, as she points out, the new female party leaders are changing this dynamic: "Women prefer finding compromises."

Kallas' goal is to bring more serenity and meaning to politics.

Details from the story:

  • Kristina Kallas was born in the northeastern part of Estonia, which is predominantly Russian speaking. Her mother is Russian, and her father is Estonian.
  • Her favourite topics are education and integration.
  • She's currently a director of Narva College of the University of Tartu.
  • Estonia's parliamentary elections will be held on March 3, 2019.
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