Gender Politics

Obama’s Female Advisers Felt Excluded

The Obama White House is no place for a woman, at least according to a new book by journalist Ron Suskind. In addition to some supposedly vicious disputes between the President’s economic advisers, Suskind paints a picture of a male-dominated environment, hostile to the opinions of its female members. The book includes a quote from former White House communications director Anita Dunn saying, “This place would be in court for a hostile workplace. Because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.” Yet Dunn denied this statement in an interview today insisting, “The president who is someone who when he goes home at night he goes home to a house full of very strong women. He values having strong women around.”

Read it at The Washington Post

September 18, 2011 3:43 PM