IN POWER

07.01.13

Australian Cabinet Has Record Number of Women

After bitter ouster of P.M. Julia Gillard.

Don't think we're not still watching you, Australia. Days after Julia Gillard, Australia's first female prime minister, was ousted in a bitter party coup, her replacement, Kevin Rudd, announced a new cabinet that features the largest number of women ever. Eleven out of the 29 positions are now held by women. Rudd has been accused of pandering to female voters after Gillard's abrupt dismissal, but two recent polls show his arrival in office has improved the Australian Labor Party's standing. Rudd described his new cabinet members as "strong, professional, highly experienced and they are there exclusively on their merit."