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WOMEN'S LIBERATOR: Diamantopoulou wants to use E.U. legislation to put an end to discrimination

Freya Van den Bossche is, by any defnition, a success. At 28, she is Belgium's Minister of Environment, Sustainable Development and Consumer Affairs — the youngest cabinet minister in the country's history, with a portfolio that includes food safety and protecting children online. She's smart, self-aware and, at almost any hour of the day, hard at work. So it's no surprise that she rolls her eyes at old-fashioned notions of sexism and government-mandated gender equality in politics and business. "If you simply choose the best people for the job every time, you'll eventually get parity," she says....

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