Macron Outdoes Obama, Fills Half His Cabinet With Women

A sign of the times.

France's new President Emmanuel Macron is giving a lesson in gender equality. The 39-year-old president announced on Tuesday that 11 of his 22 cabinet members are women.

During his campaign in France, Macron frequently spoke to gender equity and the unfair disparity between female representation in the electorate and how many women are actually in government. 

"Women currently represent 53 percent of the electoral body," he said. "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."

It appears Macron is not just talking the talk, but walking the walk.

As HuffPost observed, Macron's decision to have an evenly represented cabinet brings to mind Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who in November of 2015 appointed 15 women to his 30-person cabinet.

Whether Macron knows it or not, his cabinet appointments will likely have a long-lasting effect that goes beyond his own government. Several studies have shown that women in government inspire more women to run. Following former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's candidacy, 4,500 women began to train for government positions. That news wouldn't surprise Amelia Showalter, a data analyst from Harvard who studied the effect of electing women to statewide positions. She found that electing a woman to office today "means more women entering politics at lower levels tomorrow."

And, while former President Obama did plenty to change the face of the federal government, he never quite had a cabinet that represented women as well as Macron. 

Cover photo: Shutterstock / 360b



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