Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just might be the political girl’s new man crush.
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s new Prime Minister made headlines this week when he did the unimaginable. He appointed fifteen women to his thirty-person cabinet. When asked why he would do such a thing he remarked, “It’s 2015.” So who are these fifteen ladies anyway?
Bardish Chagger – Minister of Small Business and Tourism
Kirsty Duncan – Minister of Science
The Minister of Science is a woman. Be still my feminist heart.
Diane Lebouthillier – Minister of National Revenue
Carolyn Bennett – Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
Maryam Monsef – Minister of Democratic Institutions
Carla Qualtrough – Minister of Sports and Persons with Disabilities
Wait? Sports and persons with disabilities in one cabinet position? This really is 2015.
Catherine McKenna – Minister of Environment and Climate Change
WHAT? This cabinet has both a Minister of Science AND a Minister of Climate Change? My mind just exploded.
Judy Foote – Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Marie-Claude Bibeau– Minister of International Development and La Francophonie
Mélanie Joly – Minister of Canadian Heritage
Jane Philpott – Minister of Health
MaryAnn Mihychuk – Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour
Chrystia Freeland– Minister of International Trade
Jody Wilson-Raybould – Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada
A lesson for whomever gets to appoint the Secretaries for the next U.S. Cabinet. Prime Minister Trudeau just raised the bar on a diverse cabinet. Anything less than a 50/50 split will not be accepted.
Veronica Arreola writes the blog Viva la Feminista, where she tries to navigate and understand the intersection between feminism, motherhood and her Latinidad. You can follow her on Twitter @veronicaeye. To contact Veronica for an interview or to book her as a speaker, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All images from each Cabinet member’s social media profile or campaign site.