Women in politics

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.

16 female former recruits sue FBI for sexual harassment and discrimination

FBI building
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16 female former FBI recruits sued the bureau on Wednesday over male instructors allegedly creating a hostile work environment through sexual harassment, inappropriate jokes, racial discrimination and sexual misconduct, the New York Times reports.

Details: The women say that for them, this behavior began in 2015. The suit accuses former FBI director James Comey of dismissing one woman's complaints. The lawsuit requests a review of the FBI's training evaluation process, more female training instructors and $300,000 each for subsequent emotional stress.