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Hillary Clinton’s promises to women: child-care help and a 50% female cabinet

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Hillary Clinton is making promises to women.

On Tuesday, Clinton announced her intention to create a new federal benefit to help families pay for child care, saying that no family should pay more than 10 percent of their income for it and that the government can enact new subsidies and tax credits to help pay for it. The announcement was part of Clinton’s push for “substantial new investments” in subsidies for low-income families and tax breaks for middle-income families. She also proposed higher wages for child-care workers.

Clinton has also been looking at how to help increase women’s representation in politics. Speaking to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last month, Clinton declared that she planned to fill her cabinet with 50 percent women if elected president, saying, “Well, I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women, right?”

Two political scientists analyzing Clinton’s intention – and whether it could actually happen – in The Washington Post said that part of Clinton’s motivation may be to “showcase her loyalty to the large number of women who have organized to support her.” Gender parity in government cabinets is unusual, according to the pair, but is more common among female politicians and left-leaning parties. If Clinton really does name women to half the positions in the cabinet, there’s a high chance those positions will be less powerful and prestigious than male ones, according to their analysis of gender-balanced cabinets globally. Even so, they said, it will be “a major step forward for women’s political representation.”

Read The Washington Post’s coverage of Clinton’s potential cabinet and campaign promises.

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