Everyday Feminist

First predominantly female cabinet

Posted by PoliticsWTF on May 1, 2008

Spain’s Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (Socialist Party), has appointed a predominantly female cabinet for the first time in Spain’s history and as it happens it is the first cabinet with a female majority in Europe. Zapatero has also appointed women in important positions such as Defence Ministry.

Of course there are those who aren’t too happy about this, referring to these women as “ZP’s battalion of inexperienced seamstresses”. Silvio Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy, has described the cabinet as “too pink”.

Four years ago, Zapatero appointed equal numbers of men and women as ministers and last March he passed an equality bill that required medium to large companies and political parties in larger boroughs to employ 40% women in high ranking positions.

Fantastic news, eh?


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