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Women Make Up Half of Canada's New Executive Cabinet

BY DARGAN THOMPSON CURRENT November 04, 2015

Last month, Justin Trudeau beat out incumbent Stephen Harper to become Canada’s next prime minister. During his campaign, Trudeau promised a gender-equal Cabinet, and he made good on his word when he was sworn in, revealing a Cabinet made up of 15 men and 15 women. It’s a striking move in a world where the top government positions in most countries are still held by men. (Only 25 percent of the seats in the current U.S. Cabinet are held by women.)

“It’s a historic day for women,” Sheila Copps, the former Canadian deputy prime minister, told CBC News. “Gender parity in the national Cabinet is huge. It sends a great message to our daughters and sons.”

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