New appointees are: Minister of Defense Carme Chacón, who's due to give birth any week; Minister for Equality Bibiana Aído Almagro, the youngest person ever to serve in a Spanish Cabinet; Housing Minister Beatriz Corredor; and Science & Investigation Minister Cristina Garmendia.
To bring the new Cabinet total to 9 women out of 17 members, add these women, each of whom had held office before: Environment Minister Elena Espinosa; Public Administration Minister Elena Salgado; Education, Social Affairs & Sports Minister Mercedes Cabrera; and Transport & Development Minister Magdalena Álvarez.
The reaction of some to this tipping of the male-female balance? A phrase familiar to IntLawGrrls readers:
A Spanish commentator went so far as to deride these ministers as "'inexperienced seamstresses,'" notwithstanding that many have been public servants before, nor that 2, Fernández and Álvarez, hold Ph.D.s.
Criticism's come from outside the country, too, most notably from newly re-elected Italian President Silvio Berlusconi:
'Zapatero has formed a government that is too pink, something that we cannot do in Italy because there is a prevalence of men in politics and it isn't easy to find women who are qualified ... He will have problems leading them. Now he's asked for it.'