That beaming, breastfeeding mama on the left is Thora Arnorsdottir and she is the candidate favored to win Iceland's upcoming vote for President! The 37-year-old mother of three and stepmother of three more gave birth to her youngest just over a month ago, and jumped into the political race when she was seven months pregnant. She is running as the challenger to male incumbent Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who has been in power for 16 years. Should she win the office, Arnorsdottir's partner plans to become a stay-at-home dad for the duration of her term.
I urge you to watch this wonderful BBC interview with Arnorsdottir, conducted on the edge of her bed, while she nurses her newborn. I think I have a new feminist heroine. Also, I want to move to Iceland, which seems waaaaay ahead of the curve for something like this to be happening. On second thought, I think it's us who are behind the curve -- imagining a similar situation unfolding in our own country seems like wild fantasy. Sad.
UPDATE: Thanks to Riki for pointing out that the election actually happened two days ago, with Arnorsdottir receiving 34.8% of the vote and conceeding to Grimsson. Read more here.
On a related note, I'm loving Joanna's latest series of posts about work, motherhood, and balance. Check it out.