Under Obama, No Improvement For Gender Equality In The White House

The President is considering appointing Janet L. Yellen for President of the Federal Reserve, but the number of women in cabinet positions remains low.

Posted on

The White House has taken additional steps to achieve gender balance, including nominating Samantha Powers as United Nations ambassador and Susan E. Rice as national security adviser. In total, Obama has named 13 women to cabinet-level positions.

The president's staff says he is committed to appointing women. “The president’s commitment to diversity is second to none, and his track record speaks to it,” Alyssa Mastromonaco, the deputy chief of staff, told the NYT.

“It’s not so much about how many women, but are women represented, are the policies helping women?” said Victoria A. Budson, the executive director of the women and public policy program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Win McNamee / Getty Images

Senate Armed Services Committee regarding sexual assaults in the military.

Contact Ali Vingiano at alison.vingiano@buzzfeed.com.

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.