Canada's new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (fifth from left in bottom row) poses with Governor General David Johnston (sixth from left in bottom row) and the members of his cabinet after their swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa November 4, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Who says gender parity is decades off?

On Wednesday, new Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau named a cabinet with 15 women and 15 men. Making good on a promise of his from June, the Liberal leader selected the first cabinet in Canada's history that broke down evenly along gender lines. While it is a smaller cabinet than his predecessor's—Stephen Harper finished his tenure with 39 ministers—it's also notable for its inclusion of an aboriginal lawyer, 18 newcomers and a number of members from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

It is apparently not the first time a government has achieved gender balance in its cabinet. Bloomberg reports that France, Italy and the Nordic countries have already had such parity in their cabinets. Still, seeing an image in which nearly every other government official is female is striking.

At the very least, it would make for an encouraging addition to the video made by Elle magazine, in which male leaders were Photoshopped out of group photos—leaving very few women behind.

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