« Dewey Workshops for the Week of March 11th. | Main | On the New Books Shelf: Resources for Information Scientists »

Executive Government Appointments and Women

The Obama Administration has recently raised some concern by its lack of women at the highest level of government. According to a New Times article published on January 8th, President Obama’s inner circle is mostly male, with male appointees at 11 of the 15 federal departments. Although President Obama’s appointments of women have exceeded President Bush’s appointments, they are no more than the Clinton administration’s.

The Center for Women in Government & Civil Society(CWGCS) at the University at Albany strives for “a world where women and men of all backgrounds participate equally in shaping the future.” For 35 years CWGCS has been dedicated to its vision by working to fill the knowledge gaps about the status of women, developing evidence based approaches to advance gender parity, raising awareness about gender inequalities, and much more. Although the Obama Administration’s inner circle is mostly male, the CWGCS was encouraged by the 2012 election which brought the largest number of women in history to the 113th Congress. A record of 20 women will serve in the Senate and 78 in the U.S. House. This is a step closer for equal representation for women.

CWGCS periodically publishes research reports, the most recent being Women in Federal and State-Level Judgeships . This report was published in the summer of 2012 and provides data on women judges on state and federal levels. According to the report, 27.5% of judges on state benches are women and on a federal level 24.1% are women. The report goes on to show regional data across the country and shows the change in representation over the past two years. The CWGCS publications page provides information on women’s leadership, advancement of immigrant women, and nonprofit research.

The University Libraries have several books on the appointment of women in executive positions. Check out the following materials!

Women & executive office: pathways & performance
. Edited by Melody Rose. Boulder : Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2013.
Dewey Library

The diversity paradox: political parties, legislatures, and the organizational foundations of representation in America. Kristin Kanthak and George A. Krause. New York: Oxford University Press, c2012.
University Library HQ 1236.5 U6 K36 2012

How women represent women: political parties, gender, and representation in the state legislatures
. Tracy L. Osborn. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
University Library HQ 1236.5 U6 O73 2012

Gender-class equality in political economies. Lynn Prince Cooke. New York, NY: Routledge, 2011.
University Library HD 6060.6 C66 2011

Gender and the liberal democrats: representing women?
. Elizabeth Evans. Manchester ; New York: Manchester University Press, 2011.
University Library HQ 1236.5 G7 E83 2011

Black feminist politics from Kennedy to Obama. Duchess Harris. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
University Library E 185.86 H365X 2011

For more information on executive government appointments, please contact our public administration and policy bibliographer Richard Irving. He can be reached by phone at 442-3698 or email [rirving@albany.edu].

Blog post created by Katie Farrell