Whoever said good things come into (relatively) small packages must have known about Finland. For the most part you don’t really hear about the Finnish all that much but let us tell you, for the feminist focus, Finland should be out there loud and proud.
There’s actually so much to shout about that last year Finland was voted second (only to Iceland, of course) in the Global Gender Gap Index and like its Nordic neighbours, is a champion for women’s rights.
Not only is gender equality enshrined in their constitution but there is the Equality Act on Equality between Women and Men which enshrines the basic values of equality between the sexes in every aspect of life. On top of this there are four separate bodies working for the promotion of gender equality around the clock.
Plus paid parental leave is 263 days in Finland, with shared responsibilities, public childcare and state-funded school meals which means that it is a lot easier for women to return to work after pregnancy too!
As well as this, education in universities is particularly interesting, women make up 32% of students studying mathematics and computer science – well above the OECD average.
Plus Finland was also the first country in the world to grant unrestricted rights to the vote and run for parliament in 1906!