This week, the largest political party in Romania nominated a woman as Prime Minister of their country. Not only is this the first woman Prime Minister, but she is also the first Muslim one. Sevil Shhaideh is 52 and served as minister of regional development for six months. Ms. Shhaideh is an economist by training and has not been in the political sphere for very long so was not seriously considered a potential candidate amongst local politicians. However, defying all odds she came into power in a nation which is not known for opening up its borders or being very welcome to change. Maybe this is a lesson to other nations? Or maybe it is just what we needed to end 2016 and get ready for the new year?