100 Women We Love: Class of 2009

(in no particular order, cause we love em' all!)

photo by PM Iceland
Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir

In February 2009, Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir became Iceland’s first female Prime Minister and the world’s first openly gay head of state. When she took office, Sigurdardóttir, a political veteran who served for long periods as Social Affairs Minister, announced that she would move to protect the country’s battered economy by applying for membership in the European Union. This action marked Iceland as the first country to change its government as a direct result of the global financial crisis. Sigurdardóttir is often described by many of her constituents as the only politician who really cares about the “little guy.” She has devoted her career to fighting for the welfare and equality of minority groups; women, the elderly, the poor, disabled, and immigrants. She has two sons and established a civil partnership in 2002 with Jonina Leosdottir, an author, playwright and journalist. -KD

Remember, these are in no particular order because we love them all!