Björt Ólafsdóttir

Björt Ólafsdóttir is an Icelandic politician who represented Bright Future in the Althing 2013-17 and is its current chairperson. She served as the Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources of Iceland from January to November 2017.

Björt Ólafsdóttir
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Ólafsdóttir in April 2017
Chairperson of Bright Future
Assumed office
25 November 2017
Preceded byÓttarr Proppé
Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources
In office
11 January 2017[1] – 30 November 2017
Prime MinisterBjarni Benediktsson
Preceded bySigrún Magnúsdóttir
Succeeded byGuðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson
Personal details
Born (1983-03-02) 2 March 1983 (age 38)
Political partyBright Future

Bright Future was formed to contest the 2013 Icelandic parliamentary election, which is when Björt entered the Althing as one of the new party's six MPs. She was elected chairperson of her party on 25 November 2017, after the previous chair Óttarr Proppé resigned following the results of the 2017 election, in which Bright Future lost every seat it held.

In March 2015 she joined the protest #FreeTheNipple on Twitter, which was directed against censorship on women's bodies and sexism. She joined the protest by posting a picture of her naked breast.[2]

Ministerial careerEdit

Following parliamentary elections in 2016, a new coalition government with Björt as Minister of Environment was formed in January 2017 comprising the Independence Party, the Reform Party and Bright Future, which lasted until the parliamentary elections in October 2017. It continued as a caretaker government during the government negotiations in November.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Meet Iceland´s new government". Reykjavik Grapevine.
  2. ^ Björt Ólafsdóttir (31 March 2015). "I might be an MP, but that doesn't stop me fighting sexism with my breasts". The Independent. Retrieved 26 May 2015.