2008 Campaign Staffs Dominated By Dudes—Except Hillary’s
posted by October 26 at 14:43 PMon
Today’s Huffington Post has a comprehensive look at the gender breakdown of the leading Democratic and Republican contenders’ campaign staffs.
No big surprise here: The manliest man on the Republican side, Giuliani, strongly favors men, with just one female senior staffer, and only four women among his top 20 staffers. Just over 29 percent of Giuliani’s highest-paid staffers are female.
Two of the leading Democratic contenders, Edwards and Obama, have numbers that are almost as skewed. Just two of 15 senior Edwards staffers are women, with women filling 37 percent of the top-paid roles. Three of Obama’s 12 senior staffers are women, and women fill 45 percent of the highest-paying jobs. In fact, of all the leading candidates (the list also includes Huckabee, Richardson, Romney, and Thompson) the only candidate who did not favor male staffers was Clinton. On her campaign, eight of 14 senior staffers, 12 of the top-20 staffers, and 52 percent of the highest-paid staffers are women. Women are also much more likely to play important strategic roles in the Clinton campaign; in the other campaigns, women are more likely to work in finance and internal operations.
This may seem like petty stuff, but I think it foreshadows the gender breakdown of executive staff under a Clinton administration. As I’ve written before, gender matters. Women understand, and care about, women’s interests, which is one reason many women are supporting Clinton despite reservations about her politics.
On the other hand, Edwards is saying some pretty goddamned impressive things about restricting corporate power—and many of his ideas would benefit women (as well as all Americans). Just today, he proposed requiring employers to provide universal retirement accounts if they don’t offer pensions, stronger protections for workers seeking to unionize, a $1 million cap on tax-deferred compensation funds for top executives, tougher FDA regulations, and more.