Women Are Taking Over The World’s Militaries

May 24, 2017 in Daily Bulletin

Last week Sylvie Goulard was appointed defense minister of France by Emmanuel Macron and his Prime Minister, Édouard Philippe. Aamna Mohdin wrote that this is in line with a wider trend of women commanding defense:

  • Sri Lanka and India first broke the mold with female heads of states (and de facto defense ministers) in the 1970s.
  • But progress was slow. Around the turn of the millennium Finland was the only western country with a female defense minister.
  • Since 2002 though 18 EU countries have had female defense ministers.
  • With the change of leadership in France, the majority of G7 countries now have a female defense minister.
  • There is still a ways to go: a woman has never held the top military spot in countries with the largest defense budgets: The United States, Russia, and China.

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