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Hillary Clinton posted a picture of her dancing in support of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin

'Keep dancing,' Hillary Clinton wrote, in support of Sanna Marin.

Hillary Clinton posted a picture of her dancing in support of Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin
Cover Image Source: (L) Twitter/@HillaryClinton; (R) GettyImages/Sean Gallup

After Sanna Marin, the prime minister of Finland, was shamed for partying, hundreds of women from Finland and neighboring countries posted videos of themselves partying and dancing to express their solidarity with Marin. Recently, Hillary Clinton also joined the list of supporters by tweeting a picture of herself dancing. According to CNN, the picture was taken in Colombia during her trip there for the sixth Summit of the Americas. Quoting former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, Clinton wrote, "Ginger Rogers did everything that Fred Astaire did. She just did it backwards and in high heels," along with a photo of herself dancing in the tweet. "Keep dancing," she wrote, in support of Marin.

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Just a day after Clinton posted her video on Twitter, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez also tweeted a video of herself dancing in front of her Capitol Hill office to extend solidarity with Marin. "Elected officials who dance? We're here for it, @sannamarin," the congresswoman tweeted. Many politicians, especially women, have spoken out in support of Marin. Tilly Metz, a member of European Parliament supported Marin in a tweet. She said that the problem doesn't lie with her, but people who think it is problematic for her to share such pictures and videos.

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Metz wrote, "If you have a problem that a female politician is dancing with friends during her week-end, then YOU have a problem, not this politician. We should even dance more, independently gender or age. = better working afterwards." Another politician to support Marin is Member of Parliament from Australia, Fiona Patten. She tweeted a video of herself and wrote, "If letting off steam at a party is the worst thing your prime minister has done, then you're a pretty lucky country."

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Some people have criticized Marin for acting in an unseemly manner, while others have defended her actions by pointing out that the criticism reveals a double standard. Marin admitted to partying "in a boisterous way" after the films were made public, but she expressed displeasure that the footage had been released to the press. "These videos are private and filmed in a private space. I resent that these became known to the public," Marin told reporters earlier this month. "I spent a night with my friends. We just partied, also in a boisterous way. I danced and sang," she said. "I have a family life, I have a work life and I have free time to spend with my friends. Pretty much the same as many people my age," Marin said.

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The Finnish Prime Minister expressed that she has every right to "dance, sing, hug my pals, and consume wine." She criticized individuals who were promoting the notion that a leader shouldn't express themselves or have fun in private. Marin asserted that the year 2022 should see the acceptance of decision-makers dancing, singing, and attending parties.

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Finnish women are calling out this sexism and posting videos of themselves dancing, drinking and singing. A compilation of female employees of the weekly women's magazine Alt for Damerne in Denmark dancing and having a good time in solidarity with the prime minister is one of the most watched videos on social media. Editor-in-Chief Rikke Dal Støttrup told NPR, "Our first idea was to write a column or editorial but then we thought, let's do this with some kind of humour and show that we all have those clips on our camera roll that wasn't supposed to see the light of day." 

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