Feminist group: Obama’s cabinet needs to be 50% female

Feminist group: Obama’s cabinet needs to be 50% female

The election is over, and payback season has begun. Voting blocs who turned out in force for Barack Obama are now demanding that he scratch their backs.

This point was driven home in a non-nuanced fashion on Tuesday by Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson, who said as cameras rolled:

Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that.

On Wednesday, another of Obama’s chickens came home to roost, The Daily Caller reports. Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, called on the nation’s president to fix his “women problem.” Noting that a paltry 35% of his cabinet members (8 of 23) wear skirts, O’Neill made it clear that that’s not nearly enough.

While NOW is not insisting that women wear the pants in the family, O’Neill would like to see females in half the cabinet posts and Supreme Court robes. More women in power, she told Daily Caller’s Caroline May, would lead to the expansion of “education and health care and social services that allow communities to thrive.”

We’d see a lot less spending on military weapons systems, and we would also see a lot less of the most powerful, moneyed people not paying their fair share.

Considering that Obama received 55% of the female vote in November, one might call O’Neill’s demand generous. Then again, considering that the demand is based on gender quota, rather than merit, it seems purely arbitrary. The only way of making sense of the request is to admit that there is a difference between the sexes and that what NOW believes the government needs is more of a “woman’s touch.” But isn’t that sexist?

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Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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