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Cabinet Quotas? Clinton Promises 50-50 Gender Split in Her Administration's Leadership


"50 percent of America is women, right?”

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts to supporters as she arrives to speak at her Super Tuesday election night rally in Miami, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton vowed to make her Cabinet 50 percent female if elected, a big boost from President Barack Obama, who’s Cabinet is 30 percent female.

The announcement came after MSNBC host Rachel Maddow asked Clinton, a former secretary of state, if she would follow the model of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau whose Cabinet is half women.

“Well, I am going to have a Cabinet that looks like America, and 50 percent of America is women, right?” Clinton said.

Clinton previously told Cosmopolitan magazine that a Cabinet that is half women was her “goal” and “aim” but the statement on MSNBC seemed a bit more firm.

The MSNBC interview was conducted in Philadelphia, where Clinton is favored to win the Pennsylvania Democratic primary against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

(H/T: Salon)

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