Gender and Politics in the media

US: Obama’s record appointing women worse than Clinton’s. Time for a Toast: Women, Cast Your Ballots.

Obama’s record on appointing women is much worse than Clinton’s Washington Post (blog) Annie Lowrey* writes that “the [Obama] administration has named no more women to high-level executive branch posts than the Clinton administration did almost two decades ago.” Here’s the graph:

So Obama’s record is slightly worse than Clinton’s.

This is more embarrassing in context. When the Clinton administration promised a cabinet that “looked like America,” it had a tough job in front of it. When Bill Clinton took office, no White House had ever given more than 18 percent of cabinet-level positions to women. Women were also far less likely to serve as members of Congress or governors than they are today. That meant the Clinton administration’s search for qualified female candidates was harder. But administration officials found them.

Time for a Toast: Women, Cast Your Ballots BlackBook Magazine Raise a Prohibition cocktail to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who drafted Amendment XIX. Enacted today in 1920, it gave American women the right to vote.

In 1878, Anthony and Stanton drafted an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would give American women the right to vote and introduced it to Congress, where it sat in limbo for over four decades.

Finally, on August 26, 1920, the 19th Amendment took effect and there was much rejoicing. However, alcohol was illegal at the time, with Prohibition having just gone into effect seven months earlier, so any “legal” celebratiions had to be dry.

Rep. Barber puts focus on women’s issues Arizona Republic …“What today is about is to focus on the need for women to still be considered as equals in the marketplace,” Barber said, noting that American women make 85 cents for every dollar men earn. “That has to change. We have to help middle-class families and women economically with child care, with equal pay, with access to federal contracts, with helping them get credit so they can start or expand small businesses. And I’m really focused on that in Congress and here at home in the district.”

Barber earlier in the day convened about 20 women to form an advisory council for his office. “I’m very grateful for their advice,” he said.

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