As we all know, President Obama likes to run ball in his free time and it’s his choice of players that has NOW president Terry O’Neill concerned. From ABC News:
“Relationships get built in those more informal settings,” O’Neill told ABC News, “and the relationships have a huge impact on the influence an individual has. We know what happens when we segregated whether it by race or whether it by gender — you end up with 1st class citizens and you end up with 2nd class citizens.”
O’Neill told ABC News’ Mike Callahan, “we need to see the White House leading the way for desegregating the work places all around the country and it is troubling.”
In his first year, President Obama has appointed more women to his Cabinet and Cabinet-level positions — seven out of 22 positions — than any president before him. President George W. Bush appointed four women to positions of that status; President Bill Clinton appointed six.
But to O’Neill that’s not enough.
“It’s extremely important now especially for the president to have as many women as men in his closest circle of advisors. … If women had been at the heads of the companies on Wall Street instead of these masters of the universe then we might not be in the predicament that we’re in today.” She says the ratio “needs to be 50/50. Women are 52 percent of the voting public so obviously there needs to be 50/50 of any Cabinet.”
What do you think? Is O’Neill on the money or is this a non-issue?