How should we cover Spain's new female-majority cabinet?


Spain’s new Prime Minster named his cabinet on June 7, with women being given most of the posts for the first time in the country’s history.

Pedro Sánchez appointed 11 women in 17 cabinet posts, symbolizing a contrast to the previous cabinet of former prime minister Mariano Rajoy, which had a male majority.

Strong female politicians are not uncommon in Spain, and the outgoing deputy PM was Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria. But this is an unusual cabinet in global terms. Sánchez is leader of a socialist party (PSOE) whereas Rajoy’s Partido Popular was conservative. Is that part of the explanation?

What does the female-majority cabinet mean? Is it a sign of a “turning point” in Spanish politics? Or is it something else?

Coincidentally, a new editor-in-chief of the influential newspaper El País was also announced today. It is the first female director in the publication’s history, she is Soledad Gallego-Díaz.

We’d like to interview someone prominent in Spanish politics who can answer these, and more, questions. Also the opinions of experienced observers and researchers into Spanish society would be canvassed.

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  • It could be interesting to interview Irantzu Varela @IrantzuVarela She’s a prominent feminist and journalist who has talked about the difference between a feminist cabinet and a female-majority cabinet
  • Jeannette Neumann – investigative journalist from the Wall Street Journal who’s based out of Madrid.
  • Amanda Erickson – foreign affairs journalist at The Washington Post.

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    Note… ‘As of January 2017, only 18.3 per cent of government ministers were women;’ unwomen.org

    11 out of 17 is  approx 65%.

     

     

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