Women take majority of seats
Swiss women for the first time captured most of the seats in the country’s sevenmember executive branch, brushing aside Switzerland’s history as one of Europe’s last nations to grant women full suffrage.
The tilt in the balance of power came as parliament in Bern voted Social Democrat lawmaker Simonetta Sommaruga into the Cabinet.
“We’ve reached the goal after a century-long struggle,” said Ruth Dreifuss, a former Swiss Cabinet member who in 1999 served as the country’s first female president.
Swiss women didn’t get the right to vote or run in national elections until 1971.