Swiss Parliament Elect Karin Keller-Sutter and Viola Amherd To Government


The Swiss Parliament has just elected two more women into government, which solidifies three female ministers currently present in office. Karin Keller-Sutter of the pro-business Free Democrats and Viola Amherd of the socially conservative Christian Democrats were elected in a secret ballot in Parliament. It wasn’t difficult for these two candidates to take their seats, and they quickly received an absolute majority that would confirm their seats in government. These two candidates are expected to take their seats after January 1st, and it is unknown whether these two members will bring about change in Swiss politics.

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Discussion Question

Do you think being inclusive to women in government is the only thing that will lead to progress? What other components bring about change for female equality?

Action Item

Think of the areas in your life where you are singled out as a women. Maybe you’re the only girl in your science club. Either way, think about how you can use your unique placement in these areas to inspire more women to follow your lead.

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