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
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, left, shakes hands with opposition Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy, right after being voted as prime minister.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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."