Bush Cabinet Grows; Number of Women Appointees Shrinks
WASHINGTON, DC -- Recent appointments to the George W. Bush cabinet, as well as the likely-appointees list, suggest that the president-elect’s cabinet may include only two women – Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman and Christine Todd Whitman as EPA administrator.
Other possible appointments include Frank Keating for Attorney General and Tommy Thompson for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Both are vehemently anti-choice, and could place substantial barriers to women’s health. Keating, governor of Oklahoma, has called himself “one of the architects of the right-to-life movement.” Under Oklahoma’s Department of Health and Human Services, Keating sponsored a new program “to honor marriage and reduce divorce” – a poorly veiled anti-woman and anti-gay program that reads like a Promise Keepers’ pamphlet. Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson, best known for his welfare-to-work program, stated that abortions should be legal only when pregnancy is a result of rape, incest, or when the woman’s life is endangered, and signed legislation restricting access to abortion.
Aside from Whitman, all of the top contenders mentioned in the media for the remaining cabinet positions are men.
11/25/2015 Afghan Women Launch 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence - Afghanistan marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and begun participating in the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, which is being called in Afghanistan "Peace from Home to the World." During the launch day's event, which was attended by government officials, including First Lady Rula Ghani and women's rights activists, speakers expressed their commitment to ending violence against women.
First Lady, Rula Ghani gave a speech on ending violence against women and supporting women by stating that "war often leads society towards violence and this violence is in violation of human dignity. . . .