The Liberal Journal (h/t AAPP) writes:
His major appointments seem to be fairly representative racially of the United States population at large. If Obama has fallen short, it may be in appointing women. One appointment in particular stands out to me—his education choice. Would Obama have chosen Arne Duncan if he wasn’t from Chicago, or would he have instead chosen a Linda Darling-Hammond?
There’s growing frustration that Obama’s governing coalition is leaving behind qualified women. So, a coalition of women leaders has sent a letter to the President-elect:
We applaud your initial appointments of talented women and we encourage you to further gender balance your White House, Cabinet, and executive appointments. The U.S., with women composing just 17% of the members of Congress, ranks 71st among the world’s parliaments in representation of women. With women so underrepresented in Congress, we believe it is crucial for women’s representation to increase dramatically at the executive branch of decision-making. Many of us will be submitting names of excellent and diverse women for your consideration.
What do women want? They want Obama to address gender disparities:
Women helped bring Obama to the party. And they’re not settling for a dance card that’s half-empty.