"An enormous deal"

Clinton promises that half of her Cabinet will be women

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes selfies with supporters during a campaign on May 1, 2016, in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

In interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last Monday, Hillary Clinton made a big campaign promise: “I am going to have a Cabinet that looks like America,” said Clinton, “and 50 percent of America is women, right?” That would mean 8 out of the 16 official Cabinet posts would be occupied by women in a potential Clinton presidency — double the number of Cabinet posts held by women during Obama’s or Bush’s tenures. Only 30 women have ever held a Cabinet post at all.

Heather Hurlburt, who served as senior adviser at the State Department and National Security Council from 1995-2001, called the promise “an enormous deal,” both because numeric targets for diversity in the Cabinet has never been done before in the U.S., and because of what she says is a societally unprecedented assumption that there are more than enough qualified women to perform the high-ranking jobs.

The potential first woman president was accused last Tuesday by republican candidate Donald Trump of playing the “woman card” to get votes, an accusation that Clinton has embraced, even sending “official women cards” to those who donate to her campaign. Clinton’s record of hiring women could help her achieve her goal of gender parity — Clinton’s Senate legislative director, Neera Tanden, and her chief of staff at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, are among the women who could ascend to cabinet-level posts if Clinton is elected.

Read the full story at NBC News.

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