January 24 2013
AHEAD OF SEC NOMINATION
IWF RELEASES A "BINDER OF WOMEN CANDIDATES FOR HIGH OFFICE"
Isn't This What NOW Had in Mind?
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, President Barack Obama will nominate Mary Jo White to succeed Elisse Walter as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This comes on the heels of heavy criticism from liberal feminist organizations, like the National Organization for Women (NOW), who have demanded to know “President Obama, Where are all the women?” and expressed “[t]here is no doubt that qualified women exist for each and every position [he] will be called to fill.”
The Independent Women’s Forum today released a “Binder of Women Candidates for High Office,” – a 48-page file filled with highly qualified women that would be exceptional nominations for top leadership positions.
Isn’t this what NOW had in mind?
Additionally, IWF executive director Sabrina Schaffer issued the following statement on the nomination of White to SEC:
Unfortunately President Obama’s nomination of U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White is tainted with the question of whether it was done to satisfy liberal feminists, or because she’s really qualified for the job. Women shouldn’t be used as tokens to satisfy an obsession over gender parity coming from the left. Ultimately ideas and policy prescriptions should trump gender.
We applaud Ms. White for her achievements, but we hope the president doesn’t consider such a narrow lens as gender sufficient for nominations.
Ultimately we need to ask ourselves is full parity in government necessary for women to achieve full equality with men? Or should we instead be looking for a diversity of ideas and preferences in our government?
IWF believes that the president should recruit qualified female candidates because they have the best experience and hold the right ideological values, not to reach an arbitrary goal of gender parity.
IWF COMMENTARY ON “BINDERS FULL OF WOMEN”
Independent Women's Forum is a non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and educational institution dedicated to expanding the conservative coalition, both by increasing the number of women who understand and value the benefits of limited government, personal liberty, and free markets, and by countering those who seek to ever expand government in the name of protecting women.