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How the Next President Could Break the Glass Ceiling in the Cabinet

How the Next President Could Break the Glass Ceiling in the Cabinet

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 October 2016 12:29 PM

Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton could appoint women to top Cabinet positions for the first time, The Washington Post reports.

Four Cabinet positions have never been filled by a woman: secretary of the Treasury, secretary of Defense, secretary of Veterans Affairs, and White House chief of staff.

Clinton and Trump have both expressed a desire for women in their Cabinets, should they win, though neither has released an official pick or shortlist.

For Clinton, likely choices for Treasury secretary are Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and Federal Reserve Board member Lael Brainard. Former Pentagon official Michèle Flournoy is a favorite for defense secretary, according to the Post. Both of Clinton's likely choices for the Department of Veterans Affairs would be unlikely to take the position, Rep. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., being likely to win a seat in the Senate, and Rep. Tusli Gabbard, D-Hawaii, a prominent supporter of Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is growing in prominence herself, may not want to take a job leading a difficult bureaucracy.

Trump said his Cabinet would "absolutely" include women, though he didn't name any specifically.

"I've probably had 50 percent or maybe even more than that in executive positions in the Trump organization," he said during an interview with CBN's Dr. Pat Robertson at Regent University on Monday. "We are a very big company — very, very successful and they do a fantastic job and I have a tremendous number of woman working for me at top levels."

Trump recalled choosing Barbara Res to run a major construction project in New York, the first woman to do so.

"It was something that was so great and they did such a great job," he said. "Today, you have women in charge and they do a fantastic job."

Res recently told CNN's Alisyn Camerota that she believed the sexual misconduct allegations against Trump, calling the GOP nominee "a blatant sexist."

"I saw him be aggressive in business, and throw his weight around and use the fact that he had power," she said in mid-October. "And I think sexual assault and sexual harassment are really about the abuse of power — 'I can do this to you because I am who I am' — I do think it went to his head. So much else went to his head that it does make sense to me that he would do something like that."

Res is supporting Clinton in the upcoming election.

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