Emmanuel Macron drew hearty applause last December when he spoke at the 12th annual Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, France. “I am a self-declared feminist,” he said in a plenary session on the closing day of the Global Meeting, “but my first objective is to be a feminist recognized by women, which is much more important.”
It was a turning point for Emmanuel Macron and for his presidential bid. He appeared at the Global Meeting on 2 December, the day after French President François Holland, who Mr. Macron had served as Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, made his historic announcement that he would not seek re-election. Mr. Macron had announced his own candidacy just weeks before, on 16 November.
During the session, entitled “Policy for the next stage of women’s economic advancement”, Mr. Macron was joined on the Global Meeting stage by UN Assistant Secretary General Arancha González, and by Patty Hajdu, Canadian Minister of Status of Women. When the discussion turned to the gender wage gap, Mr. Macron offered this candid assessment: “Women are not properly represented on executive boards and in our National Assembly, and are not fully part of those who take decisions.” He went on to state that he is in favour of quotas to ensure that women are fairly represented. He also went on record saying if elected he would like to choose a woman as Prime Minister.
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