Macron fills cabinet with female ministers

The faces of French leadership are increasingly female, thanks to new French President Emmanuel Macron.

According to the BBC, Macron has already created a “gender-balanced cabinet,” filling 11 of 22 positions with female ministers, fulfilling an early campaign promise.

Some of the women taking up cabinet positions include, Sylvie Goulard, who the BBC says will be the defense minister, while Laura Flessel — an Olympic fencer — is sports minister. BBC also reports that Macron named Marlène Schiappa, whose s”uccessful blog Maman Works saw her dubbed the ‘spokeswoman for working mums,'” a junior minister for gender equity.

While the move certainly places women in high-ranking positions, the BBC says that “one of the top five posts, that of defence, went to a woman.”



France outlaws frail models

A new law is going into effect in France that protects models from becoming too frail.

According to HuffPost, the law — passed in 2015 and enacted this year — not only bans “excessively thin fashion models,” it also requires models to get a “doctor’s certificate to prove they are healthy.”

BBC also reports that the newly-enacted law will specifically focus models’ Body Mass Index (BMI) in an effort to “fight eating disorders and inaccessible ideals of beauty.”

But models aren’t the only ones subject to new regulation; HuffPost says that any and all photos of models that are “digitally-altered” have to be labelled as a “retouched photograph,” a demarcation that is required on all altered photos starting Oct. 1.

What happens if modeling agencies don’t comply with the new health standards? HuffPost says they can face up to $82,000 in fines and six months of jail time.

‘Les Glorieuses’ fight for pay equity

The fight for pay equality isn’t just an issue unique to the United States — it affects women around the world. But women in France are not going to take it anymore.

According to Women in the World, French women’s rights activists encouraged women to leave work at exactly 4:34 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7, all in an effort to shed light on pay equity in the workplace.

Marking the time that women stop being paid at their jobs according to the pay gap in France, Women in the World says the exact time was calculated by feminist group, Les Glorieuses. “In other words,” Women in the World reports, “women must work 38.2 more days per year than men to earn the same salary.”

A protest followed their exodus from work, with many of the photos being posted to social media with the hashtag, “#16H34,” says Women in the World.

Referring to the time women could stop working if they were paid a similar wage to men, Women in the World says the feminist group’s newsletter explained, “If women were paid as much as men, they could stop working on November 7 at 16.34” — a problem they argue “hides other inequalities. Women also do unpaid work, like household tasks.”

While the protests did disrupt the workday, it did draw support from France’s women’s rights minister Laurence Rossignol, according to Women in the World.

“When women protest, they make visible what is invisible,” Rossignol told Le Parisien, Women in the World reports. “I support them.”