Binder for Obama: The New Agenda Calls on President Obama to Change the Boys’ Club of his First Term

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In Second Term, Obama Must Appoint More Women to Cabinet and Inner-Circle Positions

We are hopeful that President Obama realizes the importance of the skill set women leaders bring to the table. Skills such as collaboration have been sorely lacking within the Beltway in recent years.

The New Agenda, a national non-partisan organization devoted to getting more women into leadership positions, is calling on President Obama to appoint more women to cabinet and inner-circle positions in his second term. In his first term, President Obama's White House was referred to as a "boys' club," with one former staffer describing the atmosphere as a "hostile workplace" for women.

In the 2012 Presidential Election, women comprised 54 percent of voters and voted for Obama by an 11 point margin, while male voters preferred Romney by 7 points. Amy Siskind, President of The New Agenda commented, "Women turned out to propel President Obama to victory in an election with a historic gender gap. He can thank women for his second term." Siskind also noted data from the Center for American Women and Politics indicating that women's votes made the difference in several high-profile Senate races.

In Obama's first term, many women's organizations and Democratic activists were disappointed by the lack of women in his cabinet and inner-circle. MSNBC's Chris Matthews recently lamented on Hardball that when Secretary Hillary Clinton steps down, Obama will have an all male line up in top administration positions. Obama had a disappointing six women in cabinet positions, no progress from his predecessor President George W. Bush.* Siskind added, "President Obama had a dismal track record with gender representation in his first term. He seemed to have a blind spot to the necessity of gender balance and inclusiveness."

There are some early signs in his second term that President Obama has evolved on the issue of gender representation. Last week, he hosted a meeting of 12 CEOs to discuss the fiscal cliff. Of the 12, three (25%) were women - a step forward from the often all-male roundtables during his first term. Siskind added, "We are hopeful that President Obama realizes the importance of the skill set women leaders bring to the table. Skills such as collaboration have been sorely lacking within the Beltway in recent years."

The New Agenda recommendations for cabinet and inner-circle positions including, but not limited to, CIA Director, Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury and Attorney General include:

Sen Diane Feinstein
Shelia Bair – former Chair of the FDIC
Brooksley Born – former Chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Sallie Krawcheck – former Wall Street Executive
Anne Mulcahy – former CEO of Xerox Corporation
Sheryl Sandberg – COO of Facebook
Beth Mooney, CEO of KeyCorp
Zoe Cruz, former President of Morgan Stanley
Rep Jane Harman
Valerie Plame, former CIA Operations Officer
Rep Loretta Sanchez
AG Kamala Harris
Sen Olympia Snowe
UN Ambassador Susan Rice
Samantha Power
Laura Tyson, former Chair of the US President's Council of Economic Advisers
Rebecca Blank, acting Secretary of the US Department of Commerce
General Ann Dunwoody, first woman 4-star general
Dr. Janet S. Fender, Scientific Adviser to the Commander, Langley Air Force Base
Rep Linda Sanchez
Lt. Governor Barbara Lawton
Rep Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair
Gov Jennifer Granholm
Ursula Burns, Chair and CEO of Xerox Corporation
Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett Packard
Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard
Virginia Rometty, Chair and CEO of IBM
Angela Braley, former CEO of Wellpoint
Ellen Kullman, Chair and CEO of E.I. duPont
Deanna Mulligan, President and CEO of Guardian Life Insurance
Ilene Gordan, CEO of Ingredion
Gracia Martore, CEO of Gannett Corporation
Sherilyn McCoy, CEO of Avon
Denise Morrison, President and CEO of Campbell Soup
Nooyi Indra, Chair and CEO of PepsiCo
Debra Reed, CEO of Sempra Energy
Irene Rosenfeld, Chair and CEO of Mondelēz International
Patricia Woertz, President and CEO of Archer Daniels Midland
Mary Agnes Wilderotter, Chair and CEO of Frontier Communications

*George W. Bush had five women in cabinet level positions at the end of his second term. If he had included Susan Rice, Ambassador to the UN, as cabinet level, as does President Obama, he would have had six women in his cabinet.


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