Women Rule in Spain's New Cabinet

9 of Zapatero's 17 ministers, including defense, are female
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2008 9:31 AM CDT
Women Rule in Spain's New Cabinet
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, left, shakes hands with opposition Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy, right after being voted as prime minister.   (AP Photo)

So much for machismo. Re-elected Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced a new government this weekend, with a surprise twist: His new cabinet boasts more women than men. The eight men and nine ministras include a pregnant woman who will head the army as defense minister, the Independent reports.

Zapatero also introduced a new cabinet position: an equality ministry, which will be headed by a 31-year-old woman—the youngest minister since Spain returned to democracy. Not everyone is impressed. One right-wing commentator blasted the female-dominated Zapatero government as a "battalion of inexperienced seamstresses." (Read more Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero stories.)

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