Sunday, June 17, 2012

Male Chauvinism In The Patriarchal Democratic Obama Administration's White House?

During the first term of the Democratic Obama Administration, some women White House staff members apparently felt that the Obama White House was being run in a male chauvinist way. As Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter noted, for example, in his 2010 book, The Promise: President Obama, Year One:

"...Jarett loyalists, especially women and minorities, continued to feel that Rahm was insensitive, which was hardly the first time he faced that charge. They complained that they had trouble breaking into `the boys club' that had also largely run things during the [2008] campaign, when Obama first showed he was most comfortable with a tight circle of male advisors...Women and minorities felt the same subtle social exclusion that they often perceived in the workplace: that they were there to `fill a role' rather than for their true talents. They...found it ironic to be confronting a boys club in the Obama White House..."

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