Women in Parliament

On Wednesday, Canadians watched as the latest iteration of our federal government was sworn in. And while we will undoubtedly witness, and experience the effects of, a number of policy changes in the coming days. weeks, months, and years, the most immediate change of course in relation to previous governments is the 50-50 gender split in the Liberal cabinet (15 men and 15 women).

While viewed by some as representing progress in moving towards gender equality, the number of women elected to Canada's parliament still only represents only 26% of all members (88 out of 338).

So where does this put Canada among other countries? Interestingly, not very high. This week's viz ranks the top 25 countries around the world in the proportion of seats held by women in their national parliaments in 2014 and, notably, Canada did not make this short-list. Instead, we came in at number 67 globally, with 25.1% of seats held by women in 2014; this puts us marginally ahead of Sudan (24.3%; number 70) and marginally behind Iraq (25.3%)

Within the top 25 countries, South American and African countries predominate, with Rwanda leading the way among all countries with 64% of seats held by women.