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)