FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (January 21, 2021)
The Leadership Council for Women in National Security (LCWINS) is proud to announce the LCWINS Political Appointments Tracker, a tool for tracking the progress of the Administration toward achieving gender parity in national security and foreign policy leadership. President Biden’s cabinet is 46% women and his National Security Council so far is 31% women. As nominations for Senate-confirmed positions and key non-Senate confirmed positions are announced, LCWINS will be building out this webpage with more visuals so we can all see the progress being made by and for women, and the work that still remains to be done.
In 2019, at LCWINS’ urging, President Biden pledged that he would strive for gender parity in national security leadership if he were elected President. LCWINS is pleased that President Biden is nominating and appointing unprecedented numbers of women and people of color to national security leadership and hopes to see his Administration meet their stated gender parity goal.
In 2019, at LCWINS’ urging, President Biden pledged that he would strive for gender parity in national security leadership if he were elected President. On International Women’s Day in March, President Biden reiterated his pledge and on his campaign website he committed once again to striving for gender parity and full diversity in national security leadership. The language of his pledge is available on the LCWINS website.
LCWINS is also immensely proud of the members of our Honorary Advisory and Steering Committees who lent their time and support to LCWINS’ work and will now serve in President Biden’s administration. They include: Tony Blinken, Avril Haines, Wendy Sherman, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Mieke Eoyang, Kathleen Hicks, Bonnie Jenkins, Kelly Magsamen, Jeff Prescott, Laura Rosenberger, Cathy Russell, Jake Sullivan, and Linda Thomas-Greenfield.
The Leadership Council for Women in National Security improves national security by ensuring that women, in all their diversity, have equal space at the policy-making table. LCWINS is an organization of women and allies from across the political spectrum working to advance gender inclusion at the highest levels of the U.S. national security and foreign policy workforce. LCWINS is fiscally sponsored by the Pacific Council on International Policy, a 501(c)(3).