The 2022 LCWINS Tracker

Women well-qualified to serve in national security and foreign affairs
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 45% 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 source our data from publicly available websites such as 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.
Senior national security and foreign policy positions
The National Security Council (NSC) is 45% women. We are following President Biden's National Security Memorandum in defining regular attendees on the National Security Council.

Determining "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. We will keep updating these visualizations as we hear of more people entering the Administration.