Ministerial role

Minister for Women and Equalities


The Minister for Women and Equalities has responsibility for:

  • developing an equalities policy that it is based on individual autonomy and dignity
  • promoting equality of opportunity for everyone

Before July 2014, this role was covered by the Minister for Women and the Minister for Equalities.

Current role holder

The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP

Elizabeth Truss was appointed Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade on 24 July 2019. She was appointed Minister for Women and Equalities on 10 September 2019. She was elected as the Conservative MP for south west Norfolk in 2010.


Elizabeth studied philosophy, politics and economics at Merton College, Oxford.

Political career

Elizabeth entered Parliament in 2010. She was appointed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare in September 2012. Elizabeth served as the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from July 2014 until July 2016.

Elizabeth was Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice from July 2016 until June 2017. She was Chief Secretary to the Treasury from June 2017 until July 2019.

Career outside politics

Elizabeth was previously Deputy Director at Reform. She also worked in the energy and telecommunications industry for 10 years as a commercial manager and economics director, and is a qualified management accountant.

Personal life

Elizabeth is married with 2 children.

More about this person

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Amber Rudd

    2019 to 2019

  2. The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

    2018 to 2019

  3. The Rt Hon Amber Rudd

    2018 to 2018

  4. The Rt Hon Justine Greening

    2016 to 2018

  5. The Rt Hon Baroness Nicky Morgan

    2014 to 2016


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