Where are the women?

Women fill just 27% of jobs in Trump’s new administration

Cabinet members applaud as US President Donald Trump addresses a joint session of the US Congress (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump may have “tremendous respect for women” if his Twitter activity on Women’s Day is anything to go by, but it seems this respect doesn’t quite extend to far enough for him to actually appoint very many to his White House administration. Where women held 43 percent of appointed roles in the Obama administration, according to a New York Times report in 2012, and President Bush named women to roughly one-third of appointed roles, new analysis by Bloomberg reveals that a mere 27 percent of appointed roles in President Donald Trump’s administration include women. This is despite the fact that women make up 47 percent of the general workforce. To mark International Women’s Day a nationwide protest took place in opposition to the new president, including rallies in Washington D.C. and outside the Trump International Hotel in New York, where several organizers of the Women’s March on Washington were arrested by NYPD officers.

In a statement to Bloomberg, a White House spokesperson said the Trump administration has “nearly the same number of male and female employees, with the employee ratio around the same as the national average.”

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