If elected president. Hillary Clinton plans to appoint enough women to the top levels of her administration that females would make up half of the cabinet positions, the New York Times reported. The report is based on interviews with friends and advisors close to Clinton — some on the record, some unnamed — and they told the Times that she also plans to look at talent from Silicon Valley to assemble a diverse cabinet.
Only about a quarter or a third of the president’s cabinet has been female in recent years, according to the Times.
“There’s that old saying, ‘Nothing about us without us,’” former Michigan Gov. and Clinton-supporter Jennifer Granholm (D) told the Times. “I mean, a woman as chief of staff, Treasury secretary, a woman at Defense — it would be incredible.”
According to the report, Clinton is eying immigration reform and infrastructure spending as opportunities for cooperation with Republicans if she is elected President. She intends to build bridges with Washington lawmakers over social events with drinks, rather than the sporting matches hosted by past presidents. She hopes that a half-female cabinet will also help change the tone in Washington, the Times said.