Prtesident Obama appointed Avril D. Haines Deputy Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Avril, who holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center, had been Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Counsel to the President for
National Security Affairs at the White House. Read more in the White House press release.
Where are the next generation of women in the new Obama Administration? President Obama has appointed several "old boys" to his new cabinet but we have yet to see any women newly appointed to important cabinet positions. Business Insider reports that there are some rumored women candidates for various jobs in the new government. These include Sylvia Mathews Burwell (pictured) who is reportedly being considered to head up the Office of Management and Budget. Sylvia is President of the WalMart Foundation, and before that had been President of the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Sylvia had previously served as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Penny Pritzker is reportedly being considered for Secretary of Commerce. Read more on businessinsider.com.
Question to new officials - are jokes about "heels" supposed to be just another subtle reminder of who wears the "shoes" of power?
President Obama should appoint a woman as Secretary of Treasury! But who you ask? Well let's take a quick look at Treasury Secretaries on Wikipedia (if you find errors, please correct them!) to come up with qualifications. Our present Secretary, Tim Geithner, who is the 75th Secretary of the Treasury, has a B.A. from Dartmouth in Government and Asian Studies and an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University. He worked as Undersecretary of International Affairs in Treasury under Rober Rubin and Larry Summers. He also served as CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The 74th Secretary, Henry Paulson, who was CEO of Goldman Sachs, holds a B.A. in English from Dartmouth and an MBA from Harvard. He joined Goldman in 1974, was Co-Head of Investment Banking, then Chief Operating Officer, and then succeeding Jon Corzine as CEO. The 73rd Sec was John W. Snow, CEO of CSX Corporation (railroads), who holds a PhD in Economics from University of Virginia, and a JD from George Washington Law School. John had held various government positons in his career including Deputy Undersec of Transportation. The 72nd Sec was Paul O'Neill, who had been CEO of Alcoa and Chariman of the Rand Corp. Paul has a B.A. in Economics from California State Unioveraity and a graduate degree in Economics from Claremont, and a Masters in Public Administration from Indiana University. Paul had servd as Deputy Director of the U.S. Office of Managment and Budget in 1967. The 71st Sec was Larry Summers, Economist (MIT and Harvard) and President of Harvard University. He served as Deputy Sec of Treasury under Robert Rubin, and succeeded him as Sec. The 70th Sec was Robert Rubin, B.A. Economics - Harvard and an LLB from Yale Law School. Robert spent his career at Goldman Sachs, becoming Co-Chairman. The 69th Sec was Lloyd Bentsen, the four term U.S. Senator from Texas.
So what do these Secretaries have in common other than all being men? Executive experience, financial experience, and some time in government jobs seems to cover it. And there are plenty of women who fill these qualifications. What about a woman in the Treasury Dept like Lael Brainard (pictured), who serves as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Under Secretary for International Affairs, and who was an Associate Professor of Applied Economics at MIT and worked at McKinsey & Co? Or Mary John Miller, who serves as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Under Secretary for Domestic Finance? Or maybe you want to look at corporate America for a candidate as has been done in the past. NewsonWomen has more than five years of ceo appointments featured for you to check out. Women like Ellen Kullman, CEO of Dupont, Beth Mooney, CEO of KeyCorp, Ellen Alemany, CEO of RBS Citizens Financial Group, or Karen Peetz, currently Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Markets & Treasury Services to become President of BNY Mellon. These capable women are only a few of the many who would be up to the job. All those "presidents' men" didn't keep us from falling into a financial crisis again. Maybe it's a woman's turn to try.
Michelle Obama will lead the Presidential Delegation to the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. Mrs. Obama hopes that the Olympic Games will inspire more young people to get active and healthy, the goal of her Let’s Move! initiative. “In the months ahead, I’ll be talking to Americans all across the country to encourage even more young people to tap into that Olympic spirit and turn their inspiration into action,” said Mrs. Obama. Read more in the White House press release. In photo above, Michelle Obama joins North Carolina school children at a “Let’s Move!” pre-game event - Official White House Photo By Chuck Kennedy.
U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe from Maine announced she will not seek re-election. Olympia has been a member of the United States Senate since 1994. (Read more about her story on cnn.com.) It's sad to see a woman leaving office just when we were hoping to get more women elected in 2012. March begins tomorrow and with it comes not only great basketball but the filing deadlines in a number of states for anyone seeking election. The 2012 Project, a non-partisan effort to get more women elected in 2012, calls the rush to file caused by the deadlines the "March Madness of Politics". And in honor of the "Big Dance", they created the 2012 Women's Election Tracker, so anyone can see the players. Using the election tracker, you can check the filing deadline in your state, find statistics on women running, and learn about any open seats. This a great tool to help women discover what they need to know about running, or getting their friends to run. Check out the election tracker and find out what's going on in your state! Olympia was never meant to do it alone.
With March upon us, I am thinking about Women's History Month in a new way. Many great women have come before us, and all of them would probably like to know who are the women making history today. Government and politics are key, so naturally we turn to The 2012 Project to find women making history now. The 2012 Project is a national, non-partisan campaign of the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University which aims to increase the number of women in Congress and state legislatures. The Project hopes to reach executive-level women in the private and public sectors and encourage them to run for office. It will concentrate its efforts specifically in areas where the opportunities for women to run are the greatest. The Project also includes a public education campaign to raise awareness about the lack of women in elected office. Mary Hughes is the Founder and Director of The 2012 Project, and we hope she will be making history this year by helping more women than ever get elected across the nation.
Tell us about the women you know who are making history as we speak so we can feature them!
Google appointed Susan Molinari Vice President of Public Policy and Government Relations for the Americas. Susan is a former United States Congresswoman. Read more on cnn.com.
Paula Boggs, General Counsel of Starbucks, is retiring in April, 2012. But Paula will remain committed to helping others and will join President Obama’s reelection campaign. Based in Seattle and Santa Fe, she will be volunteering for the campaign in communities across the country. Paula was appointed by President Obama in 2010 to the White House Council for Community Solutions whose work is focused on identifying and enabling innovative community solutions to youth unemployment. More in the company press release.
Read more in the Business Wire press release.
President Obama nominated Anne C. Richard (pictured) to be Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees and Migration, Department of State. Anne, who holds a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago, is the Vice President of Government Relations and Advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Read more in the White House press release.
President Obama nominated Kristine Gerhard Baker to the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. Kristine is a Partner at the law firm Quattlebaum, Grooms, Tull & Burrow PLLC. Read more in the White House press release.
President Obama nominated Judge Patty Shwartz for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Judge Schwartz, who holds a JD from University of Pennsylvania, has been a Magistrate Judge on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey since 2003. She also teaches as an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University School of Law, where she has taught since 2009. Read more in the White House press release.
President Obama nominated Judge Jacqueline H. Nguyen to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Nguyen, who holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, has served as a United States District Judge in the Central District of California in Los Angeles since 2009. Read more in the White House press release.
Elizabeth Warren (pictured left), the Harvard Law School Professor and former Special Advisor to the President to create the Conumer Financial Protection Agency, announced she is running for the United States Senate from Massachusetts against incumbent Senator Scott Brown. Read more about her senate race on thecrimson.com.
Also announcing a race for the senate is Linda McMahon (pictured right), the former Chief Executive Officer of WWE, who will be running to fill the seat in Connecticut left open because Senator Lieberman is not seeking reelection. Read more on marketwatch.com
Michelle Obama appointed Judith S. Palfrey, M.D., (pcitured), the Executive Director of the Let’s Move! childhood obesity initiative. Dr. Palfrey, who holds an A.B. from Harvard and an M.D. from Columbia University, most recently directed the global health efforts of the Department of Medicine at the Children’s Hospital in Boston. Read more about her career as a Pediatrician in the White House press release.
President Obama nominated Miranda Du (pictured) to serve on the United States District Court bench for the District of Nevada. Miranda, who holds a JD from the University of California at Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law, is a partner in the law firm of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. See White House press release.
President Obama nominated Catherine Friend Easterly for the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Catherine, who holds a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, is an attorney in the Special Litigation Division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. See the White House press release.
President Barack Obama intends to nominate Dot Harris to be Director of the Office of Minority Economic Impact, Department of Energy. Dot, who holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Carolina and an M.S. in Technology Management from Southern Polytechnic State University, is President and CEO of Jabo Industries, LLC. Before that, Dot had been an executive at General Electric Company and held a number of leadership positions in GE’s Energy and Industrial Systems businesses, including Global Marketing Leader for GE’s Industrial Services business. Read more in the White House press release.
President Barack Obama intends to appoint Sue Clark (pictured) and Linda Nozick as Members of the Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board. Sue, who holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Inorganic/Radiochemistry from Florida State University, is a Regents Professor of Chemistry at Washington State University in Pullman, WA, where she has conducted research in actinide environmental chemistry and radioanalytical chemistry. Linda, who holds a M.S.E and Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University. See White House press release.
Michelle Obama announced commitments from major retailers, foundations and small businesses that will provide access to healthy, affordable food to millions of people in underserved communities. "The commitments from SUPERVALU, Walgreens, Walmart and regional retailers will include opening or expanding over 1,500 stores to serve communities throughout the country that currently do not have access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. These stores estimate that they will create tens of thousands of jobs and serve approximately 9.5 million people in these communities throughout the country." An important part of Michelle’s Let’s Move! initiative is to give families access to the quality, affordable food they need to stay healthy. Read more in the White House press release. (photo by Samantha Appleton.)
Listen to what Walmart has to say about opening stores in these "food desert" areas:
Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis today released a new online publication, “Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers” which is available on the website of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau. The guide is a result of nationwide listening sessions with women veterans and services providers on the challenges of homelessness, and the hopes of women veterans to find jobs and successfully reintegrate into civilian life. The guide aims to improve the resources available to community-based organizations that serve women veterans by explaining the veterans' unique experiences and needs.
“As the number of women veterans increases, we need to provide better, more tailored tools to support them as they transition back into civilian life,” said Secretary Solis. “This guide acknowledges the experiences and challenges facing women veterans, and will result in better assistance and better outcomes for these deserving women.”
“The courageous service and sacrifice of our women veterans must be honored,” said Sara Manzano-Díaz, Director of the Women’s Bureau.
President Barack Obama intends to nominate Maureen K. Ohlhausen (pictured) Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission. Maureen, who holds a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, is a Partner at the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP. Read more in the White House press release.
President Obama intends to nominate Roslyn A. Mazer to be Inspector General, Department of Homeland Security. Roslyn, who holds a JD from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, had been the Inspector General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Read more in the White House press release.
President Obama nominated Danya Ariel Dayson to be Associate Justices of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Danya, who holds a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, is an attorney with the firm of O’Toole, Rothwell, Nassau & Steinbach. Read more in the White House press release.
President Obama nominated Mary John Miller (pictured) to be Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, Department of the Treasury. Mary John had been the Department of the Treasury's Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets since February 2010, and before joining the Department of the Treasury, she was the Director of the Fixed Income Division at T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. See White House press release.
President Obama nominated Wendy R. Sherman to be Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Department of State. Wendy is the Vice Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and a member of the Investment Committee of Albright Capital Management. See White House press release.