Eyeing to become the first woman president of the United States, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton has said that if she is elected, half of her Cabinet would comprise women.
“I am going to have a Cabinet that looks like America, and 50 per cent of America is women, right?” Clinton said at the MSNBC town hall on Monday night, the eve of the crucial East Coast primaries in five states — Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Her remarks come a day after her campaign manager, John Podesta, said that he would like to see Indian-American Neera Tanden in Clinton’s Cabinet. Tanden had worked for Clinton for more than 14 years and currently is head of the Center for American Progress (CAP), a think-tank which has made its own mark at the national and international level under her leadership. In July, Clinton is likely to be the first woman to be nominated as the presidential candidate by a major political party. The former First Lady, who had said that women’s rights are human rights, has made women policies a central part of her campaign.
“I’ve devoted a lot of my public life advocating for women’s rights and making the case that we have to do everything we can, through laws, regulations, culture, to change the still-existing stereotypes that hold women back,” Clinton said.
She added it is imperative for the country to recognise that it has made progress but still is a “long way from where it needs to be”. For instance, equal pay in the country is still a problem, which grows worse as one gets older.
“So, young women coming right into the workforce are often paid pretty close to equal, but not equally. But, within a few years, there will be a disparity. And, it’s hard to explain all of the difference because people claim, well, women make different choices and therefore, they have a different kind of work life ,” she added.
Clinton said she wants to really make a big push on equal pay for women. According to her, it needs to be accomplished soon and if they start early and are “absolutely determined” the country can bring about this big change. “I want to make a big push for early childhood education, because we can talk all we want about our schools,” she concluded.