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Yes, ministra!

Friday April 18, 2008
The Guardian


This week, Spain got its first female-majority cabinet – a huge leap forward for equality. Then Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi derided them as ‘too pink’. So who is winning the argument when it comes to women in world politics, asks Emine Saner


Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.
Spanish prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero poses with his female ministers in the Moncloa Palace, Madrid. Photograph: J.J. Guillen/EPA
 

An Italian politican preoccupied with fashion, hair and fake tan, and prone to emotional outbursts? I refer, of course, to Silvio Berlusconi. This week it emerged, to no one’s great surprise, that the newly re-elected Italian prime minister seems to have something of a problem with women in government. Referring to the fact that the Spanish prime minister, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, has just appointed Spain’s first female-majority cabinet, Berlusconi said on Wednesday that “Zapatero has formed a government that is too pink, something that we cannot do in Italy because there is a prevalence of men in politics and it isn’t easy to find women who are qualified … He will have problems leading them. Now he’s asked for it.”

 

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