May 30, 2019

Former Obama official advocates for women-focused Cabinet post

Catherine Russell on stage

Cathy Russell, the Obama adminitsration's ambassador for global women's issues. Photo: Pete Marovich/Getty Images

Cathy Russell, who was U.S. ambassador for global women's issues during the Obama administration, calls in a USA Today op-ed for a Cabinet-level post focused on women, from pay to health to harassment.

The big picture: She bases her argument on the Trump administration's little support for women when he dissolved the Obama administration's Council on Women and Girls in the White House. More attention is needed, she said.


  • "The legislative branch, newly empowered with a record number of women, should establish a federal department for women and families that would direct and coordinate the various government offices focused on women’s issues."
  • "The agency would be a part of the Executive Office of the President, similar to the director of national intelligence or the chair of the Council of Economic Advisers."
  • "Other countries already do this."

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