December 22nd, 2008
02:45 PM ET
14 years ago

Why some women's groups are miffed at Obama

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A poll shows 71 percent of Americans approve of Barack Obama picking Hillary Clinton for secretary of state."] CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - What's made up of five women, four African-Americans, three Latinos, two Asians, two Republicans and a Nobel Prize winner?

The answer: President-elect Barack Obama's Cabinet.

Obama is taking the big-tent approach to governing and wanted a Cabinet that stretches the tent wide.

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"I think people will feel that we followed through on our commitment to make sure that this is not only an administration that is diverse ethnically, but it's also diverse politically and it's diverse in terms of people's life experience," Obama said December 16.

It might be diverse, but not everyone is happy. Some women's groups are disappointed. Among Obama's strongest backers during the election, they now say they don't have enough seats at the table.

That's because of Obama's 20 announced Cabinet-level posts, five went to women: Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano as homeland security secretary, Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, Rep. Hilda Solis as labor secretary, Susan Rice as United Nations ambassador and Lisa Jackson as Environmental Protection Agency chief.

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  1. jbs ohio

    You look to the left you here bla,bla,bla,you look to right you here bla,bla,bla shut the hell up and let this man do his job.If he would of picked 10 women you will still be complaining.You have millions of people loosing there jobs,and all you guys are worried about, is there is not enough women on his staff.For those women who is not satified with his picks,why don't you run for office,and you can pick all the women you want.WE HAVE BIGGER PROMBLEMS.

    December 22, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. dean redding

    Let the man pick the best persons qualified to take on the responsibilities for the position, man, woman, orange or green, Dem or Rep. A affirmative action approach would be as foolish as letting W stick around four more years to clean up his mess. In a nut shell, shut up and let the man get to work.

    December 22, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  3. Ravi in MO

    Laverne, you put it wonderfully. Barack Obama did not run for President of the Blue States. He ran for President of the United States. And that means he has to include ALL Americans, not just those on the left. The Left does not own Obama!

    December 22, 2008 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  4. Anna, ATL

    Golly Gee, Ladies!
    Expecting a quota, are we?
    I thought you supported Barack Obama because you found him to be the most qualified candidate, not because you expected for women to hold a majority in his Cabinet.

    Sounds like a Blagojevich mentality: :what's in it for me?"

    Very unladylike, ladies..

    December 22, 2008 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |

    Eric, 1) check your grammar,
    2) don't be so judgmental too soon, wait and see

    December 22, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
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