LCWINS Political Appointments Tracker

President Biden has publicly stated on numerous occasions that he is committed to gender parity in senior national security leadership. So far, we have seen record number of women being appointed to senior leadership roles. Although over 50% of Senate-confirmed political appointments in national security have gone to women thus far, we still have a lot of work to do. The power imbalance remains. President Biden's National Security Council is 36% women.

This tracker is our way of showing progress toward gender parity in national security leadership. We cannot know where we stand unless we measure it! We have provided a summary charts for context at the top, and then individual visualizations by category of political appointment. For a better view of each visualization, we suggest clicking "Tableau" at the bottom of each chart. We welcome feedback, corrections and tips at!

President Biden has the highest representation of women ever in his cabinet; right now the cabinet is 44% women. The National Security Council (NSC) is 36% women. We are following President Biden's National Security Memorandum in defining who sits on the National Security Council.

Determining which are the "senior national security and foreign policy positions" can be subjective. Our trackers below are intended to illustrate many possible definitions. LCWINS is tracking roughly 200 Senate-confirmed leadership positions in national security, over 200 Ambassadors and many more non-Senate confirmed positions. We will keep updating these visualizations as we hear of more people entering the Administration!

Data for the Non-Senate confirmed appointments and the White House appointments is not always readily available. We do our best to keep it up to date to the best of our ability, but recognize it may have some gaps.