Women in Presidential Cabinets: How About Some Facts

It’s not unusual for cabinet-level appointees to leave the White House in a second term.  Those jobs have high burnout factors. Much is being made about whether President Obama is doing his part to ensure as much diversity as possible in his next cabinet.  Perhaps he needs a “binder full of women!”

Many people are defending him, saying there is still plenty of estrogen on Capitol Hill. And one commentator recently said he thought the President has done a good job appointing minority candidates. Except that women aren’t a minority.  We are 51 percent of the population. Last time I checked, that was a majority!

Did you know that in our history there have only been 26 women in a President’s cabinet? Take a look at this excellent info-graphic for a quick civics primer!

Women in the Presidential Cabinet
Via: NerdWallet

Obviously, we still have a long way to go and there are plenty of qualified women in 2013 to land more more cabinet posts or, dare I say, seats on the Supreme Court? I have to agree with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. When asked how many women justices would be enough on the high court, she responded, without missing a beat — nine.

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2 Responses to Women in Presidential Cabinets: How About Some Facts

  1. Linda Lowen January 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    Excellent commentary Joanne and I love the info-graphic. Wrote about your post and linked it: http://womensissues.about.com/b/2013/01/11/will-2013-be-a-groundbreaking-year-for-women.htm

    • Joanne Cronrath Bamberger
      Joanne Bamberger January 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

      Thanks Linda! I read your post, and was really surprised at the piece written by Froma Harrop. I’m a fan of hers, but I thought the theme of Hillary should have paced herself pretty harsh and off the mark.

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