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Cleaning Up the Men's Mess: Iceland's Women Reach for Power - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International

Iceland's women are blaming men for the financial crisis that has brought the country to its knees, They are now looking for a female solution to clean up the mess. Caretaker Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir is heading into this weekend's election with good chances of winning.

It's not shadenfreude that can be read between the lines when Halla Tomasdottir talks about Iceland's financial crisis and her country's bankruptcy, but there may be a bit of satisfaction. "A lot had gone wrong, some things didn't make sense and it couldn't go on that way," the economist says. "We warned it would happen."

Halla was general director of the chamber of commerce when she issued those warnings, but nobody wanted to listen to her advice. She then parted ways and started her own company together with banker Kristin Petursdottir. Kristin had been a manager at the British subsidiary of the crisis-stricken Icelandic bank Kaupthing. Together, Halla and Kristin formed Audur Capital, a financial and investment company that would take a new path.

by Fran on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 01:58:13 PM EST
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Gah, essentialism sucks. I would remind everybody of Thatcher and her illustrious forerunner, Lucretia Borgia as demonstration that women can be every bit as depraved and ego driven as a man. It is culture and (lack of) opportunity that creates the illusion that women are less competitive, but that is a denial of women's humanity for good or ill.

Men can be good and altruistic, women can be selfish and destructive, why is that so hard to accept?

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 22nd, 2009 at 04:50:59 PM EST
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Well, I agree, but it's mostly men who are actually in charge...
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Thu Apr 23rd, 2009 at 05:52:05 AM EST
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