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In early Obama White House, female staffers felt frozen out

Publié par Clifford Armion le 20/09/2011

Peter Wallsten and Anne E. Kornblut

"Friction about the roles of women in the Obama White House grew so intense during the first two years of the president's tenure that he was forced to take steps to reassure senior women on his staff that he valued their presence and their input.

"At a dinner in November 2009, several senior female aides complained directly to the president that men enjoyed greater access to him and often muscled them out of key policy discussions.

"Those tensions prompted Obama, urged on by senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, to elevate more women into senior White House positions, recognize them more during staff meetings and increase the female presence in the upper ranks of the reelection campaign. There were some issues early on with women feeling as though they hadn't figured out what their role was going to be on the senior team at the White House, Jarrett said in an interview Monday. Most of the women hadn't worked on the campaign, and so they didn't have a personal relationship with the president."

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"In early Obama White House, female staffers felt frozen out", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), septembre 2011. Consulté le 20/10/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/in-early-obama-white-house-female-staffers-felt-frozen-out