Switzerland, where women only got full voting rights in 1990, now has a female majority in their cabinet.
Until now only 6 women had ever held ministerial posts – and now there are 4 out of the 7 ministers who form the inner sanctum of government.
They’ve got their work cut out though (from BBC article):
Swiss women lag well behind men in average salaries, the Swiss state spends less than a third of Unicef’s recommended minimum on childcare, and when it comes to maternity leave, Switzerland ranks as the least generous country in Europe.
Switzerland’s racism, xenophobia and women’s rights are the case I most often make against direct democracy (California’s gay marriage ban and some of our own less progressive referenda come into it too), but maybe there is hope of progress even here. But I think I’ll stick with my preference for representative democracy as the best way to get a progressive future for now.