HALF OF FRANCE’S NEW CABINET UNDER MACRON WILL CONSIST OF WOMEN
After winning the presidential elections in France earlier this moth, Emannuel Macron released a list of the country’s new cabinet, featuring a total of 22 members, 11 of which are women. This is something long overdue in the political landscape, and something we wish to see more of in other countries. However, the cabinet under Macron is not the first to embrace and appreciate female power. Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, is also backed by a team largely consisting of women.
While we are absolutely psyched about this, it doesn’t come of much of a surprise to us. France’s new president has menioned at multiple occasions that he wishes to work against the underrepresentation of women in higher positions and work on gender equality-issues in general. In January, Macron stated: “Women currently represent 53 percent of the electoral body, so it’s unacceptable that they make up less than 30 percent of those elected to the National Assembly…unlike other political parties, we plan to respect gender parity.”
Amongst many others, former olympic athlete Laura Flessel (as seen in the image on the left) was appointed Minister of Sports. An act widely celebrated by the French and international press alike.
Marine Le Pen, a woman and head of France’s alt-right party, had great chances at winning this election, with many anticipating her being favored over Macron due to gender. However, her party’s xenophobic approach to most political topics (luckily) did not resonate with most of France, leading Macron to win the election.
We are more than interested in seeing how Macron will continue to work on gender gaps, and whether or not other countries will follow suite. We sure do hope so!