LCWINS Political Appointments Tracker

In 2019, we asked every presidential candidate to commit to seeking gender parity in their senior national security and foreign policy positions. President Biden and Vice President Harris made that commitment when they were presidential candidates. President Biden reiterated his pledge on International Women's Day, and on his website. We are still waiting for the bulk of Senate-confirmed leadership positions to be announced.

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.  If you are having any trouble seeing the visualizations, we suggest clicking "Tableau" at the bottom of the 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!