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Committing to Gender Parity in National Security Appointments

Keeping our nation safe and furthering American interests abroad are sacred Presidential duties. To advance these goals, America needs the best possible team of professionals.

Research shows that diverse teams are stronger and more effective: they are more creative and innovative and more likely to avoid dangerous “groupthink.” Yet women, especially women of color, are woefully underrepresented in senior positions in national security and foreign policy.

This lack of gender parity is due not to a lack of exceptional female candidates but to a lack of intentional, committed leadership.

Gender diversity is both an issue of fundamental fairness and, critically, necessary to strengthen the performance of our national security institutions. We need bold leadership to address this imbalance.

For these reasons, we called upon all 2020 candidates for President of the United States to make a public commitment that, if they became President, they would strive for gender parity in senior national security and foreign policy appointments.

We encourage the next President to nominate women to senior positions in national security that have never been filled by women before, and to ensure that women of color are well represented in senior ranks. The goal should be senior leadership teams that are as diverse as America itself.

This means:

Presidential campaigns can demonstrate their commitment to these ideals now by choosing senior advisors who reflect America’s diversity.

The Leadership Council for Women in National Security stands ready to work with campaigns and transition teams to develop effective recruiting, screening and hiring processes and identify highly qualified candidates for every national security position.

America is strongest when it draws on the talent of all its citizens.

LCWINS remains interested in working with any Presidential candidate who is interested in improving gender diversity in their national security leadership. Any representative of a campaign who would like to engage with LCWINS should reach out to info@lcwins.org!

Here are the Presidential Candidates who committed to striving gender parity in their national security leadership:

Michael Bennet
Joe Biden
Mike Bloomberg
Cory Booker
Pete Buttigieg
Julian Castro

Kirsten Gillibrand
Kamala Harris
John Hickenlooper
Amy Klobuchar
Seth Moulton
Beto O'Rourke

Tim Ryan
Bernie Sanders
Tom Steyer
Eric Swalwell
Elizabeth Warren
Bill Weld

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