Washington: Eyeing to become the first woman president of the US, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has said that if elected to the White House half of her Cabinet would be comprised of women.
Hillary Clinton at a rally in Wilmington, Delaware. Pic/AFP
“I am going to have a cabinet that looks like America, and 50 per cent of America is women, right?” Clinton said last night on the eve of the crucial East Coast primaries in five states — Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Rhode Island.
Her remarks came a day after her campaign manager John Podesta said 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).
In July, Clinton is likely to be the first woman to be nominated as a presidential candidate. Clinton, who as First Lady had said women’s rights are human rights, has focussed on women policies in her campaign.
“I’ve devoted a lot of my public life to advocating for women’s rights being human 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.
Clinton said she wants to make a big push on equal pay for women. “This has to finally be accomplished. I believe that if we start early and are determined we can make a big change there. I want to make a big push for early childhood education because we can talk all we want about our schools,” she said.