Despite 'Confidence Men' Book Allegations of Gender Inequity, Obama Cabinet Earns 'No Glass Ceiling' Certification by Female Equality Matters®

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White House Cabinet Has Reached Essential "Critical Mass of Women at the top" with 30% Representation and Exceeded Female Equality Matters'® Certification Requirements

As of today, President Obama's Cabinet has been awarded The "No Glass Ceiling" Certification by Female Equality Matters®. With women holding five out of 16 Cabinet roles in the Obama Administration, the President has filled over 30% of his most senior roles with well-qualified, talented women.

“Based on our evaluation, we find the claims of a glass ceiling in the White House being made by Ron Suskind in "Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President" somewhat doubtful. Women hold an exceptional number of seats there at the very top - and are not the kind of women who would be easily shunted aside by anyone or tolerate sexism in their midst," states Kathlene Mullens, Founder/CEO of the “No Glass Ceiling” Certification© from Female Equality Matters®, the premier designation of fairness to women in the workplace.

In receiving this certification, President Obama joins many other top leaders in the business world whose companies – including for-profit, non-profits, and college universities – have earned the ground-breaking distinction of having at least 20% of top leadership roles currently held by females. To date, less than 20% of evaluated organizations earn the certification.

"We're delighted to see so many women in top leadership roles reporting directly to the President," reported Kathlene Mullens. “We can’t think of a better first Governmental entity to qualify than the President’s Cabinet.”

Joining in congratulating the President on FEM Certification is Federally Employed Women (FEW). Says Sue Webster, National President, Federally Employed Women, "Since day one, the Obama Administration has opened its door to FEW leaders to discuss the status of women in the higher levels of the federal government. They have shown a willingness to assist us in our efforts to make the senior levels of the federal workforce as diverse as the federal workforce overall, and we thank the President and his staff for this support."

About Female Equality Matters®
Female Equality Matters® is the world's first "No Glass Ceiling" Brand/Certification/Logo. Consumers who wish to help break the glass ceiling may vote with their dollars by looking for our logo on products/services or by visiting our website to understand which organizations have demonstrated a commitment to women in top leadership. Does it matter? Yes! Consumers said they would choose The "No Glass Ceiling" Certified© product or service over others 70% of the time. In addition to The "No Glass Ceiling" Brand, Female Equality Matters® also offers consulting and training services in the areas of diversity, human resources, and recruiting. We are a non-partisan, small, woman-owned business proud to be participating in StartUp America. For more information, please reference our website at

About Federally Employed Women (FEW)
FEW is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 after Executive Order 11375 was issued that added sex discrimination to the list of prohibited discrimination in the federal government. FEW has grown into a proactive organization serving more than one million federally employed women - both in the military and civilian workforce. For more information, visit


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