Women Rule in Europe

BettyJean Kling

First the Spanish, then Finland, Norway and the Cape Verde Islands, now the Swiss, can the US be far behind?

Ubetcha! If the good old boys, like the Democrats continue to demonize of women as evidenced beginning with Hilary Clinton when she was drummed out of the primary race in 2008 after being called a Bitch and a racist and had her visage and her character destroyed. Then came Sarah Palin her polar opposite and the Democrats had an all out assault on her and it continues through every Republican woman who is trying to break through America’s glass ceiling. Gone unimpeded it has become commonplace and acceptable and now the Republicans have enjoined the cannibalization of their own with the latest attacks on Christine O’Donnell.

The once proud leaders and envy of the world falls behind on yet another front as we treat the majority of our society like second class citizens, tolerate their mistreatment and degradation and thwart their ability for equality and representation in government by use of the lowest schoolboy jargon while the world watches.

Women dominate new Swiss cabinet

The election of Simonetta Sommaruga (centre) is a historic moment

Switzerland’s parliament has voted a new minister into the government, giving the cabinet a majority of women for the first time.

The election of Simonetta Sommaruga, 50, a Social Democrat, is a historic step in a country where women only got to vote on a national level in 1971.

Ms Sommaruga becomes the fourth female in the seven-member Federal Council.

Another absent post was filled by a man – Johann Schneider-Ammann.

The seven members of the Swiss cabinet have recently always been drawn from the four leading parties.

Although it is highly unusual in Europe for women to hold a majority in a country’s cabinet, it is not unique. The Spanish cabinet unveiled by Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero after his re-election in 2008 included more women than men.

Finland, Norway and the Cape Verde Islands also have female majorities, according to the Inter Parliamentary Union.

Equality issues

“Symbolically, it is a rather powerful message from a country with a conservative reputation to have four or five women out of the seven seats in the government,” said Pascal Sciarini, who heads the political science institute in the University of Geneva, to the AFP news agency.

Women in Switzerland have traditionally had a low-key role in public life, says the BBC’s Imogen Foulkes in Berne.

They first got to vote at local canton level in 1959, but not at federal level until 1971. The last canton, Appenzell Innerrhoden, finally granted them voting rights in 1990.

The first female government minister was elected in 1984, but until now only six women have ever held ministerial posts.

But, when it comes to gender equality, the new team will still have a mountain to climb, our correspondent says.

Swiss women lag well behind men in average salaries, the Swiss state spends less than a third of Unicef’s recommended minimum on childcare, and when it comes to maternity leave, Switzerland ranks as the least generous country in Europe.

Well at least they have representation – like in the USA, they still have pay disparity. It certainly did not take them 90 years to move themselves up that ladder did it? Perhaps if we work together we can get there too! Vote Nov. @ Vote for the Women running for office – don’t vote party lines- vote for representation vote out incumbents!

3 Responses

  1. This is extremely welcome.Women power will be more humane in nature.I am sure the women dominated ministry will show the humanity how to govern with heart using the head.
    Prof.Fani Bhusan Das

  2. These are small countries within Europe. A comparison to the US considering it’s vast size and diversity of population invalidates the point. When it comes to countrywide leadership, the US is behind even Pakistan and Bangladesh that have had democratically elected women leaders leading their parties. But again those being small countries with homogeneous populations.

    • And your point is America’s women are not up to serving in the same capacity in our congress? Or perhaps you think We do not deserve equal representation? Indeed we have a diversity of population and from that population we can draw. Nikki Haley of Indian decent comes to mind.

      And now to completely validate my the point which was asking the question “Can America be far behind?” Which I answered with “You Betcha!” And then explained why and YOU and YOUR VIEW you are one such PRIME EXAMPLE!

      Note* I was talking about seats in cabinet. In these United states each state sends two Senators and we have 435 congress persons some from each state. I was referring to state by state and you responded to countrywide. My answer covers both.

      Women are 52% of the world’s population and deserve 52% of representation in each boro, town, city, state and in the nation. Indeed worldwide we are the majority and should be equally represented. The US lags behind because of sexism in every country where women are not equally represented. When a women cannot run without being called a Bitch or a Cunt it is sexism and misogyny unless of course the male counterparts are called pricks and bastards. I do not recall our current POTUS, the illegitimate son of a bigamist being called a bastard — do you?

      List of Women Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads of State In order of the year they took office

      Sirimavo Bandaranaike, prime minister of Sri Lanka – 1960, 1970, 1994

      Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India – 1966, 1980

      Golda Meir, prime minister of Israel – 1969

      Isabel Peron, president of Argentina – 1974

      Elisabeth Domitien, prime minister of Central African Republic – 1975

      Margaret Thatcher, prime minister of Great Britain – 1979

      Maria da Lourdes Pintasilgo, prime minister of Portugal – 1979

      Lidia Gueiler Tejada, prime minister of Bolivia – 1979

      Dame Eugenia Charles, prime minister of Dominica – 1980

      Vigdis Finnbogadottir, president of Iceland – 1980

      Gro Harlem Brundtland, prime minister of Norway – 1981, 1986, 1990

      Milka Planinc, federal prime minister of Yugoslavia – 1982

      Agatha Barbara, president of Malta – 1982

      Maria Liberia-Peters, prime minister of Netherlands Antilles – 1984, 1988

      Carmen Pereira, acting president of Guinea Bissau – 1984

      Corazon Aquino, president of Philippines – 1986

      Benazir Bhutto, prime minister of Pakistan – 1988, 1993

      Kazimiera Danuta Prunskiene, prime minister of Lithuania – 1990

      Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, prime minister of Nicaragua – 1990

      Mary Robinson, president of Ireland – 1990

      Ertha Pascal Trouillot, interim president of Haiti – 1990

      Sabine Bergmann-Pohl, president of German Democratic Republic – 1990

      Khaleda Zia, prime minister of Bangladesh – 1991, 2001

      Edith Cresson, prime minister of France – 1991

      Hanna Suchocka, prime minister of Poland – 1992

      Kim Campbell, prime minister of Canada – 1993

      Sylvie Kinigi, prime minister of Burundi – 1993

      Agathe Uwilingiyimana, prime minister of Rwanda – 1993

      Susanne Camelia-Romer, prime minister of Netherlands Antilles – 1993, 1998

      Tansu Ciller, prime minister of Turkey – 1993

      Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, president of Sri Lanka – 1994

      Reneta Indzhova, interim prime minister of Bulgaria – 1994

      Claudette Werleigh, prime minister of Haiti – 1995

      Sheikh Hasina Wajed, prime minister of Bangladesh – 1996

      Mary McAleese, president of Ireland – 1997

      Pamela Gordon, premier of Bermuda – 1997

      Janet Jagan, prime minister of Guyana – 1997

      Jenny Shipley, prime minister of New Zealand – 1997

      Ruth Dreifuss, president of Switzerland – 1999

      Jennifer M. Smith, prime minister of Bermuda – 1998

      Nyam-Osoriyn Tuyaa, acting prime minister of Mongolia – 1999

      Helen Clark, prime minister of New Zealand – 1999

      Mireya Moscoso, president of Panama – 1999

      Vaira Vike-Freiberga, president of Latvia – 1999

      Tarja Halonen, president of Finland – 2000

      Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, president of the Philippines – 2001

      Mame Madior Boye, prime minister of Senegal – 2001

      Megawati Sukarnoputri, president of Indonesia – 2001

      Maria das Neves, Prime Minster of Sao Tome and Principe – 2002

      Beatriz Merino, prime minister of Peru – 2003

      Luisa Diogo, prime minister of Mozambique – 2004

      Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany – 2005

      Yulia Tymoshenko, prime minister of Ukraine – 2005

      Michelle Bachelet, president of Chile – 2006

      Micheline Calmy-Rey, president of Switzerland – 2006

      Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, president of Liberia – 2006

      Han Myung-sook, prime minister of South Korea – 2006

      Portia Simpson Miller, prime minister of Jamaica – 2006

      Pratibha Devisingh Patil, president of India – 2007

      Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, president of Argentina – 2007

      Borjana Kristo, president of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzogovina – 2007

      Zinaida Greceanii – prime minister of Moldova, 2008

      Dalia Grybauskaite – president of Lithuania, 2009

      Laura Chinchilla – president of Costa Rica, 2010

      Kamla Persad Bissessar – prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, 2010

      Julia Gillard – prime minister of Australia, 2010

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