Elizabeth Warren pledges to fill at least half her Cabinet with women and ‘non binary people’
‘My administration will be committed to diversity and inclusion’
Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren pledged that if she’s elected in November that she will fill at least half her Cabinet with women and “non-binary people,” according to her Medium post-Wednesday.
“My administration will be committed to diversity and inclusion,” the U.S. senator from Massachusetts wrote, adding that “on day one” she will “build a Cabinet and senior leadership team that reflects the full diversity of America, including having at least 50% of Cabinet positions filled by women and non-binary people.”
Nonbinary individuals do not identify exclusively as male or female and are part of the fast-growing transgender movement.
The pledge doesn’t appear to be an empty campaign promise from Warren, given that last spring her team said she employed 31 women and 20 men in her Senate offices in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts — not including interns, Refinery29 reported, In addition, the outlet said her office’s top leadership roles were occupied by women — two of whom are women of color.
Forbes added that within the political arm of Warren’s campaign, “four out of eight roles are filled by women. On the organizing front, seven of the nine leaders are female, including the head of the team. 18 of the 22 mobilizing team members are women. Six out of the nine communications staffers are female. The four-person policy team appears to be the only key team where men outnumber the women as only one of the members is female.”
It wasn’t immediately clear how Warren’s staffers break down in terms of nonbinary gender.
By contrast, Forbes noted that only four of President Donald Trump’s 23 Cabinet members are women — and former President Barack Obama’s Cabinet contained only up to eight female members at one time.