During Monday night’s town hall on MSNBC, Hillary Clinton promised that, if elected president, women would make up half of her Cabinet.
After responding to an audience member who asked Clinton why she was a feminist (Clinton: “I believe that women deserve the same rights as men in every aspect of our economy and our society”), host Rachel Maddow followed up, asking the candidate how she would close the gender gap on an individual level. “Canada has a new prime minister, Justin Trudeau,” Maddow said. “He promised when he took office that he would have a cabinet that was 50 percent women, and then he did it. [...] Would you make that same pledge?”
Clinton responded, “Well, I am going to have a Cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women.”
This isn’t the first time that Clinton has mentioned gender equality in the upper echelons. In an interview last week, John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair, said that women would be included on her short list of vice presidential picks. “We’ll start with a broad list and then begin to narrow it. But there is no question that there will be women on that list,” Podesta told the Boston Globe.
Clinton also told Cosmopolitan earlier this month that “very diverse Cabinet representing the talents and experience of the entire country,” was her “aim.” It looks like she’s upgraded the 50-50 Cabinet from a goal to a promise.