This woman is Sweden’s new foreign minister and also apparently is a badass. This is the first major break that I know of that’s been made in international relations on the basis of treatment of women. I also think that this is important in light of conversations about US foreign policy, particularly that of HRC. Wallström is able to take this huge stand because she has a domestic context that allows her to do so. The first domino to fall in the pursuit of feminist foreign policy was going to have to be somewhere like Sweden, with gender equality as an internalized value in the national identity.

Will the US ever have a feminist foreign policy? I think the outlook is bleak for now. But if Wallström is successful, this brings those of us who are working toward a more feminist form of international politics a solid example to show those who argue that a feminist form of international relations is unrealistic and impossible.