It’s a little sad that this is news, much less major news, but Hillary Clinton, the current front-runner for the Democratic nomination, said that she will appoint women to 50% of her cabinet positions when she is president:
During an MSNBC town hall, she repeated a formulation her husband had made about Cabinets and specifically applied it to sex and a number.
“Well, I am going to have a Cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women,” Mrs. Clinton said.
“Whether it’s in a vice president or members of a Cabinet or in the White House staff, I want as broad a set of experiences that I can possibly draw together, because I’m someone who likes to listen to people who come at problems from different perspectives,” she said.
This will send the right wing into a frenzy because…I don’t know, Feminazis? I’m sure they’ll think of something stupid to complain about. The reasons the right gives explaining why they think women shouldn’t be in positions of power are never very clear. The actual reason is because they’re afraid of men “losing” power but they can’t say that without sounding even more like knuckle-dragging Neanderthals than they already do. But rest assured, this will upset them somehow and they will be outraged, OUTRAGED, I tell you!
But the long and short of it is that, yes, women make up half of the population of the United States (and, of course, the world). There’s no legitimate reason we can’t incorporate their different perspectives and experiences into our government and inspire an entire generation of women to make the most of their lives and a real difference in the world.
As Justin Trudeau, Canada’s freshly minted Prime Minister, answered when asked why it was important for his cabinet to be gender balanced: “Because it’s 2015.” And it’s about time we caught up as well.
Featured image via IYON archives.