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Canada’s Justin Trudeau Will Appoint Women to Half His Cabinet Positions

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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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See New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Life in Pictures

Justin Trudeau at Winchester; Mass.
Justin Trudeau at Winchester, MA in 1977.Boris Spremo—Toronto Star/Getty Images
Pierre Trudeau, Margaret Thatcher, Justin Trudeau
Margaret Thatcher, Pierre Trudeau and Justin Trudeau in London, in 1980.Lawrence Harris—AP
Justin Trudeau pictured at age 14 in Toronto, in 1986.Boris Spremo—Toronto Star/Getty Images
Pierre Trudeau, Margaret Kemper and Justin Trudeau after attending a memorial to Michel Trudeau in Montreal, in 1998.Reuters
Justin Trudeau breaks down on his father's casket after reading the eulogy, in Montreal, in 2000.Paul Chiasson—Associated Press
Justin Trudeau and new bride Sophie Gregoire leave in father's 1959 Mercedes 300SL.
Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire leave following their wedding ceremony in his father's 1959 Mercedes 300SL in Montreal, in 2005.Christinne Muschi—Reuters
Justin Trudeau in his campaign office in 2008 in Montreal, two days before the federal elections.David Boily—AFP/Getty Images
Liberal leader Trudeau watches as his son Hadrien carries a pumpkin while touring a pumpkin patch in Gatineau
Justin Trudeau and his son Hadrien in Gatineau, Quebec in 2015.Chris Wattie—Reuters
Inside The Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau Camp On Election Night
Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau wave with their children on election day in Montreal, on Oct. 19, 2015.Kevin Van Paassen—Bloomberg/Getty Images
Trudeau attends a campaign rally in Halifax
Justin Trudeau attends a campaign rally in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Oct. 17, 2015.Chris Wattie—Reuters
Inside The Liberal Party of Canada Leader Justin Trudeau Camp On Election Night
Justin Trudeau, Canada's prime minister-elect, and his wife Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau wave to supporters on election night in Montreal, on Oct. 20, 2015.Kevin Van Paassen—Bloomberg/Getty Images

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