The most gender-balanced government in history

Spanish Socialist Pedro Sánchez has appointed 11 women as ministers and made feminism a pillar of his new government

 Maria R. Sahuquillo
Maria R. Sahuquillo EL PAÍS, Spain
Source: EL PAÍS
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Combination of pictures created on June 07, 2018 shows Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (TOP L) and his new 17 ministers. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Javier Lizуn AND J. J. GUILLEN

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The wave of support for feminism that has been sweeping through Spain of late has just reached the central government.

Pedro Sánchez, of the Socialist Party, who became prime minister after ousting the conservative Mariano Rajoy via a no-confidence motion in Congress, has created a government with 11 women in key ministerial roles.

For the first time in history, female ministers are a majority.

This is a milestone not only for Spain, but also for all of Europe and the world. What’s more, the female ministers, all of whom have very impressive track records, will take charge of key ministries in Sánchez’s government, serving as deputy prime minister, and the heads of the Economy, Defense and Treasury ministries.

The appointments have received some criticism but mostly have been met with great hope and pride by a society that, after the mass women’s march on March 8, is increasingly more aware of the importance of eradicating gender inequality. Sánchez’s decision is also a way of winning over women’s votes and sending a message to Europe that Spain will once again be a model of feminism and the fight for women’s and civil rights, just like it was 15 years ago when it approved the pioneering Equality Law (which recommended gender parity in all institutions and other measures to correct the gender imbalance), or the 2004 law against gender violence.

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