Spanish Government Makes History With Majority Female Cabinet

This is the highest proportion of women to serve as cabinet members since the country became a democracy.

Spain's prime minister Pedro Sánchez has only been sworn in for a week and is already making history. Sánchez's new cabinet is two-thirds female, a move that is a big step forward for Spain as women struggle to see equal representation in the governments of many countries around the world. The announcement is already being praised by politicians and advocates alike. 


Sworn in Thursday by King Felipe VI, Sánchez's cabinet totals 17 — 11 women and six men — and former culture minister Carmen Calvo will serve as the deputy prime minister. Per Mashable, this is the highest proportion of women to serve as cabinet members since Spain became a democracy in 1978. 

"[The new cabinet] is pro-gender equality, cross-generational, open to the world but anchored in the European Union," Sánchez told reporters Thursday. 

According to a U.N. report, in January 2017, only 18.3 percent of government minister positions were held by women. In the U.S., six of the 23 members of President Donald Trump's current cabinet are women. 

Acknowledgment of the historic cabinet has come from leaders around the world, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was praised in 2015 for selecting women for half his cabinet positions. 

"One day this won't make headlines," Trudeau wrote on Twitter, "until then we celebrate each positive step forward."

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