National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill is calling on President Obama to appoint more women to his cabinet. She wants to see half of the cabinet made up of women, considering that women are half of the U.S. population.
Right now, out of 22 cabinet members in the Obama administration, eight, or 36%, are women. That includes Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Acting Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, and Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills.
Studies show that when women have a significant voice in decision-making, you see more policies that help everyone, according to O’Neill.
“Whether it’s nurture or nature—who cares? The idea is that women really need to be at the table and we really need to be at the table in large enough numbers that the perspective that women do bring to the table will be heard and will have an impact,” O’Neill said on Jansing & Co.
Sheila Bair, former FDIC chairwoman, should also be on the list for Treasury Secretary, O’Neill said.
O’Neill also said that President Obama has an excellent track record of appointing women so far, one of the best of any president.
Republicans have had their own backlash over the number of women in leadership. Just last week, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, chose 19 white men to chair all the house committees. Days ago he appointed Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., to head the House Administration Committee.
Also speaking on Jansing & Co. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., said calling it a backlash was “a bit of an overstatement.”
Blackburn insists when you look at the numbers in local governments, “Republicans stack up really well, 4 of 5 female governors are Republican women.”
“You don’t have to be entitled in order to lead, women jump in and take the leadership role and they get in there and it’s kind of the lead from behind and move to the front they take the responsibility, they perform beyond expectations and by doing that they have the ability to change the debate,” Blackburn said.