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Emmanuel Macron, the newly elected president of France, just finished appointing his cabinet members.

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In what many around the globe considered a win for tolerance and fair-mindedness, Macron pulled off a resounding victory over far-right, nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen in the May 2017 election.


Now, the new president's cabinet picks are giving the French people a clearer idea of where his priorities lie as their leader.

Macron's cabinet is diverse in a number of ways, including when it comes to gender.

Marcon's cabinet. Photo by Denis Allard/Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images).

Widely considered a centrist in France, the president chose leaders from across the political spectrum to run various departments. He also appointed 11 women — half of his cabinet — to fill top official roles, including Mounir Mahjoubi, a Muslim with Moroccan heritage, who is now in charge of digitalization, and Agnés Buzyn, a Jewish physician and daughter of a Holocaust survivor, as the country's newest health minister.

Agnés Buzyn, France's new health minister. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP/Getty Images.

The gender split in Macron's cabinet marks yet another effort by a world leader to ensure women are getting a seat at the table when it counts. Two years ago, when a reporter asked why it was so important for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to include several women in his cabinet, the Canadian leader made waves online by quipping simply, "because it's 2015."

Not every newly elected leader has taken steps to ensure women have equal representation when it comes to politics, however.

Macron's diverse cabinet sits in stark contrast to Donald Trump's.

“Donald Trump is rolling back the clock on diversity in the cabinet,” Paul Light, a professor at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, told The New York Times in March 2017.

The professor's assessment isn't hyperbolic; it's been decades since we've seen a cabinet with less diversity than Trump's.  

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The president's millionaire and billionaire appointees don't just collectively create the wealthiest cabinet the U.S. has ever seen; they're also far more white and male than any other cabinet since Ronald Reagan's. The few women and racial minorities who are in positions in Trump's administration are mostly in the lowest ranking ones too.

For a political leader, selecting a diverse cabinet goes beyond generating favorable headlines — it promotes good governance that better reflects the people.

It's something Trump may soon learn the hard way.

Although the president's cabinet selections have been a disappointment for gender equality, Trump may have inadvertently sparked a new era for women in U.S. politics. After the 2016 election, there's been a surge in women interested in running for office across the country.

"We saw an immediate uptick in interest in our work, and it has persisted through today," Andrea Dew Steele, the president and founder of Emerge America, told NPR in February 2017. Her group helps train Democratic women running for office. "It's unlike anything we've ever seen."

Take a hint from Macron, Trump — when a government runs more like a service to all its people and less like an old boys' club, everyone wins.

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The Tea Collection combines philanthropic efforts with a deep rooted sense of multiculturalism into each of their designs so that kids can grow up with global sensibilities. They make clothes built to last with practicality and adventure in mind. But why "Tea"?

Let's spill it. Tea is a drink shared around the world with people from all different cultures. It is a common thread that weaves the world together. The Tea Collection was born from a love of travel and a love of sharing tea with different people in different places. Inspired by patterns from around the world, these clothes help children develop a familiarity with global communities.

Tea sources their materials ethically and ensures that each of their partners abide to strict codes of conduct. They have a zero-tolerance policy for anything "even slightly questionable" and make sure that they regularly visit their manufacturing partners to ensure that they're supporting positive working conditions.

Since 2003, The Tea Collection has partnered with the Global Fund for Children and has invested in different grassroots organizations that create community empowered programs to uplift kids in need. They donate 10% of their proceeds and have already contributed over $500,000 to different organizations such as: The Homeless Prenatal Program (San Francisco, CA, USA), Door of Faith Orphanage (Baja California, Mexico), Little Sisters Fund (Nepal) and others in Peru, Sri Lanka, India, Italy and Haiti.

But the best part about the Tea Collection? They're also an official member of the Kidizen Rewear Collective, which believes that clothes should stretch far beyond one child's use. They have their own external site for their preloved clothes that makes rewearing affordable. Families can trade in gently used Tea clothes and receive discounts for future products. Shopping the site helps keep clothes out of land fills and reduces the environmental impact of the fashion industry.

By creating heirloom style clothing made to last families can buy, sell, and trade clothes that can be reworn again and again. Because "new to you" doesn't always have to mean never been worn. And let's be honest, we all know how fast kids grow! Shopping preloved clothes is a great way to keep styles fresh without harming the environment or feeling guilty about not getting the most out of certain styles.

But don't just take our word for it! Head over to the Tea Collection and see for yourself!

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