LCWINS

The LCWINS Pledge

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The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) is a group of national security professionals dedicated to increasing the leadership of women in national security. LCWINS calls on all 2020 presidential candidates to pledge that they will make gender parity a top priority for their national security appointments should they be elected President.

Pledge for Gender Parity in National Security

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 call upon all 2020 candidates for President of the United States to make a public pledge that, if they become President, they will 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.

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Members of the national security community who have joined our call for gender parity:

Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley

Dax Abrams

Courtney Adante

Maureen Ahmed

Andrew Albertson

Paige Alexander

Treva Alexander

Lissette Almodovar-Kline

Lisa Amabile

Diane Marie Amann

Sanam B Naraghi Anderlini

Wendy R. Anderson

Virginia Antonio

Jocelyn Aqua

Anthony Clark Arend

Chris Armstrong

Kishla Askins

Tom Atkin

Caroline Atkinson

Trina Aurin

Kirstin Avery

Georgia Baker

Margaret Barber

Shirley Elizabeth Barnes

Amy Barrett

Hannah Barrett

Leslie Bassett

Denise Campbell Bauer

Lionel Beehner

Colleen Bell

John Bellinger

Jenna Ben-Yehuda

Allison Benjamin

Nora Bensahel

Max Bergmann

Seth Binder

Tony Blinken

Tatyana Bolton

John Bordeaux

Brianda Boykin

Sharon Brackett

Aurelia E. Brazeal

Reuben Brigety

Erin Bromaghim

Rosa Brooks

Gabriela Brown

Shannon Bryan

Lauren Buitta

Prudence Bushnell

Piper Campbell

Emma Campbell-Mohn

Julia Canney

Asha Castleberry

Elisa Catalano Ewers

Judith B. Cefkin

Rebecca Bill Chavez

Jon Cheatwood

Derek Chollet

David S. Cohen

Hilary Cohen

Joseph J. Collins

Anne Connell

Maura Connelly

Lauren Conroy

Elinor Constable

Erin Cooper

Mary-Gardner Coppola

Cindy Courville

Bathsheba Crocker

Meghann Curtis

Melissa Dalton

Janine Davidson

Kent Davis

Maria Dayton

Elizabeth M. Dent

Alexandra DeMayo

Mary DeRosa

Laura Dickinson

Megan Doherty

Tanya Domi

Eileen Donahoe

Laura Donohue

Daniel Drezner

Mackenzie Eaglen

Katie Enos

Mieke Eoyang

Rosalba Esparragoza

Kathie Ewers

Ariel Fanger

Evelyn Farkas

Sarah Farnsworth

Sita Farrel

Maggie Feldman-Piltch

Jon Finer

Gina Fiore

Edward Fishman

Michele Flournoy

Price Floyd

Sandra Floyd

Kirsten Fontenrose

Joanna Freudenheim

Michael Fuchs

Sue Gainor

Kathy Gallardo

Jana Chapman Gates

Ilan Goldenberg

Jake Goodman

Charlotte Gorman

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Karen J. Greenberg

Leslie Gross

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Michael Horowitz

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Rose Jackson

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Susanne E. Jalbert

Crystal James

Natalie Jaresko

Bonnie Jenkins

Kathryn Jensen

Derek Johnson

M. Tia Johnson

Ana Jones

Lauren Jones

Connor Joseph Wangler

Carrie Kagawa

Alexandra Kahan

Kim Kahnhauser Freeman

Jonathan Kaplan

Bozkurt Karaoglan

Mara Karlin

Whitney Kassel

Juliette Kayyem

Chimene Keitner

Andrea Kendall-Taylor

Laura Kennedy

Humera Khan

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Kati Koster

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