France’s new president Emmanuel Macron had announced in January that he plans to respect gender parity once he is elected. He said “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,”
Beginning this week, Macron’s candidate list for the parliamentary elections were in line with that pledge, as he promised half of hundreds of these names would be women. Today it was also revealed that 11 of 22 positions in Macron’s cabinet will be filled by women. These names include; Bruno Le Maire as economy minister, Gérard Collomb is interior minister and François Bayrou is justice minister. Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel is also chosen as the new sports minister.
While it is important to note that only one of the top five posts went to a woman, Sylvie Goulard as the defense minister, the new cabinet is still a big step for preserving gender equality in the French cabinet. In 2012, François Hollande’s cabinet was the first ever in France to have as many women as men.