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More women, better health

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ANALYSIS: In November 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formed the first gender-balanced cabinet in Canadian history. In announcing his cabinet, he ensured that half of his closest advisers (15 out of a total of 30) were women.

Canada's gender-equal cabinet vaulted the country from 20th to fifth place in the world in terms of percentage of women in ministerial positions.

When reporters asked Trudeau about why gender parity was important to him, he retorted: "Because it's 2015." His simple yet momentous response resonated with those committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

As public health researchers, this got us thinking - if increasing the number of women in positions of power promotes gender equity, could it also promote population health and well-being?

* US midterms: winners and losers
* Trudeau names women to half of posts in new Canadian Cabinet
* Key says a gender-balanced Cabinet was a 'stupid' idea
* Women leaders prioritise social issues, govern differently

Our findings, published recently in the journal SSM - Population Health, support the argument that yes, women in government do in fact advance population health.


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