November 4, 2015 11:05 AM EST

Incoming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was expected to join an elite global club Wednesday by appointing women to 50 percent of his Cabinet positions.

The self-proclaimed feminist promised that his governmental inner circle would be gender-equal while campaigning. After initially trailing in the polls, Trudeau defeated incumbent Conservative Stephen Harper last month. His government was set to be sworn-in Wednesday.

The appointment of a gender-equal Cabinet would mean Canada enjoying than double the female representation of the United States; women make up just 25 percent of Washington’s Cabinet of 16.

“Canada has never really had a gender-parity moment before…

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