Are women gaining more power in government — or just more posts?

President Cyril Ramaphosa is proud that, for the first time in the country’s history, half the ministers in his cabinet are women. This is an important symbolic gain for equality between men and women. But whether it is more than a symbol depends what the women in government do and why they are there.

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