Politics Explained: Lack of Women and Diversity in the Cabinet

There has been quite an interesting response to President Obama’s most recent selections for filling top cabinet positions. Women, such as Hilary Clinton have stepped down from their cabinet positions and President Obama has nominated only men to fill the vacated positions. The world of political commentators are perplexed because this is the kind of thing that liberals would expect from a Republican President. In fact, during the Presidential campaign, Mitt Romney got a lot of grief from the liberal media because he admitted of having binders full of potential women to hire. The liberal media used this as a means of saying that he doesn’t really interact with women to the point where he has to have a special file to let him know who is out there.

But now, Obama has not even nominated a single woman to possibly take a place of one of the vacant cabinet positions even though there are qualified women who could have taken the job.

Politics Explained: Obama with his all male cabinet with no female nominees

Obama with his all male cabinet with no female nominees

The defense that the administration and liberal media have taken up is the one that Republicans usually use when accused of discriminating against women. The argument for all male nominations is that, “well, these were just the best people for the job. We don’t look at gender, we look at qualifications.” This logic makes certain women advocacy groups angry at the suggestion that there was not even a single woman as qualified as one of the men he has nominated.

Some of you may be still scratching your head and thinking, “why does it matter? Why is it such a bad thing that there aren’t any women? I mean if all those men really were the right choice, isn’t that better than promoting a less qualified women just for the fact that she’s a woman?”

This is about so much more than making the President look like a chauvinist, as many are now deeming him. You don’t put women in top cabinet positions just because you feel like you have to to be politically correct, but because diversity is extremely important when it comes to making important decisions. You want people from a variety of backgrounds and upbringings when considering policy. That keeps you from overlooking details that may not adversely affect people that look like the decision makers, but may very well hurt those not involved in the decision making process.

The opinions of women especially should be sought after to bring a different and much needed perspective in making such important policy decisions. This is why Mitt Romney had those binders; he knew that he wanted women, not just to look politically correct, but because he knew that including women on important decisions would make for better decisions. So he created a system for keeping track of qualified women so that when he had to bring in new members of the team, he could quickly and efficiently add the proper diversity to his counsels and committees.

So, is it disappointing that the President did not nominate any women? Yes. But not because the cabinet pictures would look better with them, but because decisions would have been better with them, and at such a critical point in American history, good decisions from the executive is what we need more than anything else.

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