Surprise surprise, it can be done! Newly elected President Emmanuel Macron (En Marche!) has assembled his cabinet, and exactly half of them are women.
Among the women in Macron’s 22-person cabinet are Sylvie Goulard (Defense Minister), Muriel Pénicaud (Labor Minister), and Agnes Buzyn (Health Minister). Olympic fencing champion Laura Fessel will fill the role of Sports Minister. Annick Girardin, who was the Public Services Minister under Hollande, is now the Overseas Territories Minister.
Hollande also had a gender-equal cabinet in 2012, but he received criticism for giving the more “heavyweight” roles to men.
Macron has also fulfilled his pledge of fielding an equal number of male and female candidates for l’Assemblée Nationale, which has its elections June 11 and 18. (Currently, women make up 25.8% of France’s national parliament, which is more than the US’s 19.1% in the equivalent body, the House of Representatives.) 214 men and 214 women‘s candidacies have been announced as of Thursday, May 18.
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