Now Maria Miller has left the cabinet and been replaced by a man, just four of the UK’s 32 ministers are women. At the last count in January, the UK was already 20th out of the 28 EU countries for female representation in cabinet
When the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) did its latest report on the proportion of women that are cabinet ministers in January, the UK ranked a lowly 20th out of the 28 EU countries (and 54th in the world).
Five of the 32 cabinet ministers were women – or 15.6%. That compared to 56.5% for the top country Sweden and 25.6% for the EU average.
With Maria Miller leaving her post as culture secretary and being replaced by a man – Sajid Javid, just 12.5% of the cabinet is now female.
Sayeeda Warsi attends cabinet and Nicky Morgan, who will now take responsibility for women’s affairs, will have the right to attend.
Although there have been cabinet changes in other European countries since January, if the proportions had stayed the same then the UK would now be 22nd out of the 28 countries.
% of ministers that are women
All data is correct of January 2014, except for the UK, which after Maria Miller’s resignation is correct as of April 9 2014Greece
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