AUTHOR'S NOTE: I thank James P. Pfiffner and Michelle Taylor-Robinson for their comments on earlier versionsof this article.
The Contemporary Presidency: Gender Desegregation and Gender Integration in the President's Cabinet, 1933-2010
Article first published online: 5 OCT 2010
© 2010 Center for the Study of the Presidency
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 734–749, December 2010
How to Cite
BORRELLI, M. (2010), The Contemporary Presidency: Gender Desegregation and Gender Integration in the President's Cabinet, 1933-2010. Presidential Studies Quarterly, 40: 734–749. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-5705.2010.03809.x
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2010
- Article first published online: 5 OCT 2010
This article studies the political credentials of the women and men nominated to serve as departmental executives, assessing the extent to which women have been marginalized in the president's cabinet. Although gender differences within cabinets of the modern presidency vary widely, they range along a continuum from gender resegregation to gender desegregation to gender integration. The cabinet is shown to have undergone gender desegregation, and sometimes gender resegregation, prior to the Bill Clinton administration, when there was a slight but significant shift toward gender integration. This increased during the George W. Bush years. Initial cabinet appointments by Barack Obama suggest that gender integration will continue, and even accelerate, in this administration.