Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks to media during a break at the federal Liberal summer caucus meeting in Edmonton on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Quote of the Day: Justin Trudeau announces gender-equal cabinent “because it’s 2015″

New Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his cabinent today, which — for the first time in the country’s history — includes equal numbers of men and women. When asked by a reporter why it was important to him to have a gender-balanced team, he responded simply: “Because it’s 2015.” 

Word. The cabinet is also younger and more ethnically diverse than previous ones, and Trudeau said he was proud to “present to Canada a cabinet that looks like Canada.” Those of us south of the border can only dream of such a thing.

Header image credit: The Canadian Press/Jason Franson

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Maya Dusenbery is executive director in charge of editorial at Feministing. She is the author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick (HarperOne, March 2018). She has been a fellow at Mother Jones magazine and a columnist at Pacific Standard magazine. Her work has appeared in publications like,, Bitch Magazine, as well as the anthology The Feminist Utopia Project. Before become a full-time journalist, she worked at the National Institute for Reproductive Health. A Minnesota native, she received her B.A. from Carleton College in 2008. After living in Brooklyn, Oakland, and Atlanta, she is currently based in the Twin Cities.

Maya Dusenbery is an executive director of Feministing and author of the forthcoming book Doing Harm on sexism in medicine.

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