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Kellyanne Conway has been promoted to campaign manager in an effort by Donald Trump to right his faltering campaign. (Stephen Crowley/The New York Times)

Speaking out

Women of the Trump administration see no need for gender-equal staff

May 30, 2017

When K.T. McFarland leaves her post as deputy national security adviser to President Donald Trump, only five out of 28 top White House staffers will be women. Just six out of Trump’s 24-person cabinet are female or non-white. But for the select few women who have secured a position within the administration, this lack of gender balance is not a cause for concern.

Speaking to Business Insider, several female Trump staffers echoed the same sentiment: Jobs within the administration simply go to the person most qualified to fill them. “When you look at this White House, it’s not about male versus female,” White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters said. “[I]t’s about who is best-suited and most qualified to hold that position.”

“Attaching a hard and fast number to it is not as relevant as the contributions that are made by the women who are at the table,” Kellyanne Conway, a counselor to Trump, told Business Insider. And even McFarland framed the president’s lack of concern about gender representation as a positive trait.

“I don’t think he cares two hoots whether I was male or female,” she said. “He just thought I could get the job done.”

But there are times when being a woman comes in handy when dealing with the president because, according to Conway, women are more … erm, “deferential.”

“I could tell you a great way that my gender has helped me with the president,” she told Business Insider. “I’m actually unafraid to express my mind, but I do it very respectfully. Very respectfully and very deferentially.”

In a New York Times profile of Hope Hicks, who acts as Trump’s liaison to the press corps, the president praised her as having “very good judgment. She will often give advice, and she’ll do it in a very low-key manner, so it doesn’t necessarily come in the form of advice. But it’s delivered very nicely.”

*Bangs head against the wall.*

Read the full story at Business Insider.


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