In January 2015, UN Women found that only 17 percent of government ministers were women, with many overseeing fields like education and family. But on Nov. 5, Canada’s new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, made an announcement that attempts to level this male-female cabinet member disparity.
According to the USA Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced his decision to make a gender-equal cabinet. His reasoning? “Because it’s 2015.”
Composing a cabinet comprised of 15 men and 15 women, Trudeau explains that he tried to pick a ministerial team that represents the diversity of Canada. As the 43-year-old leader of the Liberal Party took the oath of office on Wednesday, the USA Today says he also introduced a younger, more diverse cabinet. Most ministers, the USA Today explains, are between the ages of 35 and 50.
According to The Globe and Mail, Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his excitement over his newly-formed cabinet. “It’s an incredible pleasure for me to be here today, before you, to present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada.”
Thank you, Prime Minister Trudeau, for showing us that women deserve equal representation in politics because, well, it’s about time.