The groundbreaking Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics (a mouthful of a name) is tracking the women in President Obama’s cabinet and other high-level positions in his administration.
You can read CAWP’s full list (pictures & bios), but here are the ones I pulled out with New Jersey connections:
Hillary Clinton, who may be the toughest thing standing in Chris Christie’s way in 2016 according to a national poll released today, the highest ranking woman in President Obama’s administration, the outgoing Secretary of State.
Valerie Jarrett, the President’s Senior Advisor and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls, who was at Rutgers two years ago to give the Senator Wynona Lipman lecture on women’s political leadership for the RU Ready Young Leaders Conference.
Elena Kagan and the wildly popular Sonia Sotomayor – both Supreme Court Associate Justices and both Princeton-educated.
Lisa Jackson, chemical engineer by profession (her Master’s degree from Princeton), and Obama’s former EPA Chief, and former NJ EPA Commissioner and former Chief of Staff to Gov. Jon Corzine – the first woman and the first African-American to hold that post in New Jersey. Jackson’s decision to step down in December briefly fueled chatter she was considering getting into the race for NJ Governor.
Sara Manzano-Diaz, former Director of the Women’s Bureau, Department of Labor – the only part of the Federal government specifically tasked with improving the lives of working women. Law Degree from Rutgers University School of Law.
And hey – CAWP’s bi-partisan campaign training for women – Ready to Run – starts at Rutgers two weeks from tomorrow. Not too late to get trained and find your way onto some future list like this one, above.