January 14, 2015

Women in the U.S. Cabinet

Administration Women
Johnson 0
Nixon, term 1 0
Nixon, term 2 N/A
Ford 5%
Carter 11%
Reagan, term 1 18%
Reagan, term 2 18%
G.H.W. Bush 18%
Clinton, term 1 32%
Clinton, term 2 41%
G.W. Bush, term 1 19%
G.W. Bush, term 2 24%
Obama, term 1 30%
Obama, term 2 35%

Source: Center for American Women and Politics, Rutgers University

Note: Percentages are based on the maximum number of women serving concurrently in a given administration. Includes only women presidential appointees confirmed by the Senate to cabinet or cabinet-level positions. One woman served in a cabinet-level position during Nixon’s second term but the changing number of positions over the course of the term makes it impossible to provide a share.

Pew Research Center