Is Sweden Really The First Feminist Government?

America has been particularly curious about Sweden and feminism after female government officials in that country trolled Donald Trump. Americans are also wondering if the claim that Sweden is the first feminist government in the world is actually true.

On February 3, Sweden’s female elected officials trolled Donald Trump with a photo they posted on social media.

According to the BBC, the photo showed Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin signing a document with female elected officials surrounding her, and this was meant to imitate Donald Trump’s signing of executive orders while surrounded by men at the White House.

In particular, Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin was focusing on the fact that Donald Trump did not have any women at all in the photos of him signing these executive orders.

Adding to this, Sweden has also claimed on their government website to be the first feminist government in the world, and has also issued official statements from the top government sources that say they want to affirm that gender equality is a centerpiece of their priorities in the Swedish government.

Government of Sweden is focused on gender equality.
Gender equality matters in the Swedish government. [Image by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for UNICEF]

Wording in the statement on feminism as a priority includes the idea that gender equality is important as the center of a government because it is a solution “to society’s challenges and a matter of course in a modern welfare state – for justice and economic development.”

In an opinion piece, a Swedish citizen defended her country’s feminist government and stated in the Guardian, “We know that investments in gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights pay off.”

As far as the press releases on Sweden’s government website, the main ideas about what it means to be a feminist government is protecting women from violence, gender-equal health care access, and gender-equal education.

Despite the popularity of being a feminist government, it does not mean that there are not a few hiccups — and “feminist snowplowing” may have been one of them.

According to Local in Sweden, early winter 2016 was a particular challenge to the ideals of some aspects of making every part of the government feminist. In an attempt to make snowplowing more feminist, a new system was employed in Stockholm in November.

Sadly, this was also one of the heaviest snowfalls on record, and the new feminist snowplowing system failed. Regardless, it was pointed out that the issue was not the fact that more women would be working in snowplowing, but the unprecedented snowfall.

In addition to having issues with Donald Trump over his lack of female elected officials to supervise his executive order signings, Sweden has another bone to pick with Trump, according to Independent.

Paris Agreement advocated by U.S. and Sweden in 2016.
The Paris Agreement has been advocated by President Obama and Leonardo DiCaprio [Image by Jemal Countess/Getty Images]

When posting the photo of her signing executive orders to troll Trump, Deputy Prime Minister Isabelle Lovin also went as far as saying that when it comes to climate change, America is not there to lead anymore.

The document Lovin was signing in the photo to troll Donald Trump was Sweden’s commitment to “completely phase out greenhouse gas emissions by 2045” to fulfill the Paris Agreement.

Also the EU Environment Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Isabella Lovin stated Sweden’s target was to “be an entirely fossil-fuel-free welfare state.”

This change in tone by Sweden when referencing America’s role in the Paris Agreement has changed because Donald Trump is a climate change denier.

At the end of November, 2016, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven was optimistic about Donald Trump and the Paris Agreement.

Allegedly, the prime minister of Sweden talked on the phone with Donald Trump about the fact Trump was saying during his campaign that he would cancel the Paris Climate Agreement as soon as he took office.

The idea that Trump would cancel his ties with the Paris Agreement was troubling to Sweden’s prime minister since it was recently signed by around 200 countries, and America officially ratified the agreement in September, 2016.

[Feature Image by Kris Connor/Getty Images for Global Citizen]