Things That Have More Women In Them Than Tony Abbott’s Cabinet

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Tony Abbott announced his ministry today. Of the 42 spots in the executive, only six will be women. And in a Cabinet of 19, there will be only one: Julie Bishop.


“I’m obviously disappointed there aren’t more women in Cabinet,” Abbott said. “Nevertheless there are some very good and talented women knocking on the door.”


Twitter, as is its wont, went a little crazy. So we thought we’d publish a small list, to give you some perspective.

The Afghan Government Cabinet: 

Women: Three.

In President Hamid Karzai’s current Cabinet, Suraya Dalil is the Minister of Public Health, Amina Afzali is the Minister of Work, Social Affairs, Martyred and Disabled, and Husn Banu Ghazanfar is the Minister of Women’s Affairs.

Zoo Weekly‘s Staff Meeting: 

Women: Three.


The Augusta Golf Club:

Women: Two.

Last year, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and South Carolina businesswomen Darla Moore were admitted to the Augusta National Golf Club — becoming the first women to join the exclusive club in its 80-year history.


Image: Mark Blinch/Reuters via NYDailyNews 

The Prostate Cancer Foundation Of Australia’s National Board Meeting:

Women: Two.


The Supreme Court of the United States: 

Women: Three.

SCOTUS currently has the highest percentage of women Justices it has ever held, with Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg sitting with six men.


This World War One Munitions Factory:

Women: Lots.


Look at them go!

The Saudi Arabia Olympics Team:

Women: Two.

In last year’s Summer Olympics in London, Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani competed in the +78kg division of women’s judo; Sarah Attar competed in the women’s 800m run.

The AFL Commission:

Women: Two.

Sam Mostyn was the first woman to be appointed to the nine-member AFL Commission, in 2005; Family Court Judge Linda Dessau was appointed in 2007.

The Lineup For Stereosonic 2013:

Women: Two.

Nina Las Vegas: Unpictured.

Nina Las Vegas didn’t make it on the poster.

Muammar Gaddafi’s Personal Guard:

Women: Many.

The former Libyan dictator was known to show up on diplomatic missions with a team of female bodyguards in lipstick and heels. Known as The Amazonian Guard, they were reportedly hand-selected, and sworn virgins, and underwent “extensive martial arts and firearms training“.


The Mad Men Writers Room:

Women: Seven.

There are nine writers who work on Mad Men. Seven of them are women.


From left: Marti Noxon, Lisa Albert, Kater Gordon, Dahvi Waller, Robin Veith, Cathryn Humphris, and Maria Jacquemetton.

Facebook’s Board-Of-Directors:

Women: Two.


The Iranian Government Cabinet: 

Women: Two.

Earlier this month, Iranian President Hassan Rowhani appointed reformist Masoumeh Ebtekar as Vice President and Head of Environmental Protection Organisation. She joined Elham Aminzadeh, Vice President for Legal Affairs.

Tony Abbott’s Immediate Family:

Women: Five.

The dog is also a female.

It is a woman dog. (Pic: James Elsby)






  1. Jenny Noyes says:

    Tony Abbott’s bitch is rather cute isn’t she.

  2. Jenny Noyes says:

    the man straight-up loooooves women. look at all the ones he boned/spawned! not a single bloke in the mix! talk about affirmative actioooown.

  3. Alice says:

    This is a good laugh but really, you can’t just promote women for the sake of being women. That’s just plain sexism. Maybe if the people decided to vote more women into parliament, he’d actually have more women from which to choose.

  4. Alex says:

    Gee, maybe if the Liberal Party put more women up for preselection then maybe people could actually vote for them. You can’t possibly tell me that there were no other female candidates better than Jaymes Diaz! And we’re not asking for them to be promoted simply for being women…we wanted them not to be ignored simply because they’re women.

  5. NBBBMO says:

    What you talkin bout Alice? Men have been promoted for being men for ever.

  6. Georgi Stickels says:

    Love it!! But you’re wrong about Afghanistan – there are THREE women in Cabinet according to your link. Amina Afzali, Minister of Work, Social Affairs, Martyred, and
    Disabled: is also very definitely a woman!

  7. Cris says:

    The party doesn’t put people up for preselection. People nominate themselves for preselection. Only the Labor party appoints people based on their gender. (Kenneally’s entire parliamentary career being just one example).

  8. Bunswalla says:

    New Zealand’s Labour Party tried the ManBan, deciding to rig the selection process to ensure 50% female MPs (they currently have 40% so not such a huge issue, one would think). Cost the leader his job – new leader has stated meritocracy will be the way to go.

  9. Sue MacFarlane says:

    They left Mitt Romney’s binders out of this list.

  10. Steph Harmon says:

    Thankyou! I have made that change.

  11. Court Wright says:

    Don’t blame me, I voted for Kodos

  12. Veradis says:

    what about Voldemort’s inner circle?

  13. Eliza Cussen says:

    Late addition: the council of DEATH EATERS!

  14. registradus says:


  15. Lykurgus says:

    17 women won or retained seats for the Coalition – thats about 19%.

    Surely they weren’t ALL less experienced or competent than Mathias Cormann?
    Even the one that had sex appeal?

  16. Simon Robb says:

    Yep, and that’s called sexism.

  17. MickicM says:

    Given women are half the population but not half the Parliament or senior management, clearly meritocracy has some way to go.

  18. Fisher says:

    All the blokes got their jobs on merit? Ah ha ha ha ha ha!

  19. Laetitia Shand says:

    Number of women on this site’s (Junkee) image carousel? About 1 in 9. Start changing things in your own backyard!

  20. Ian J. Grant says:

    I’m embarrassed for you.

  21. OzPete66 says:

    Which one?