Women take ma­jor­ity of seats

Los Angeles Times - - The World -

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.

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