Swedish Prime Minister Isabella Lövin just signed a historic environmental law while simultaneously trolling the new Donald Trump Administration.
On January 23, President Trump signed a devastating anti-abortion executive order while surrounded exclusively by white men. The executive order prevents American aid funds from going to any health organization that even mentions to a woman that safe medical abortions are available in her country. This is a catastrophe for women’s health globally and family planning that empowers women in developing countries.
When Lövin signed the new Swedish law she surrounded herself exclusively with women, painting a picture of what progressive politics really looks like. The law requires Sweden to reach carbon neutrality by 2045.
— Isabella Lövin (@IsabellaLovin) February 3, 2017
The image breaks down conventional stereotypes about politics and the role of women in society. It is not unusual to see a group of male politicians taking action but is incredibly (and unfortunately) jarring to see a group of powerful women leaders. Sweden is taking down gender stereotypes and blazing a trail towards fundamentally changing global climate change policy.
When asked whether this photo was deliberately targeting the Trump Administration a spokesperson for Lövin said, “You can interpret it as you want. It’s more that Sweden is a feminist government and this is a very important law that we just decided on. We need climate leadership in the world today. And to make the Paris agreement happen we need climate leadership. I would ask everyone to make their own interpretation.”
Our interpretation is that while Sweden is ultimately showing environmental leadership and shaping the role of women in politics, they also engineered a subtle critique of Trump. Expect furious tweeting from the petulant child currently occupying the White House.
Marisa completed her undergraduate degree in 2013 at the University of Wisconsin with a double major in creative writing and media studies. She is an advocate of progressive policies and focuses her interests on gender equality and preventing sexual and domestic violence.