Throughout the whole entire world, women hold vital positions in key government jobs. Each of these women are a true inspiration to me and encourage me to go after my dreams of having a career in politics and law. However, it saddens me to see how far behind the United States is lacking with their representation of women in politics. To this day, less than 20 percent of congressional seats belong to women. The United States ranks 98th in the world for the amount of women in its national legislature. I hope that in upcoming years, representation of women will increase. In the meantime, there are many amazing female role models in politics and government.
Michelle Obama is an American writer, lawyer, and First Lady of the United States. Mrs. Obama broke boundaries when becoming the first African-American First Lady. She used her platform to help raise a healthier generation. “Let’s Move!” was developed by the First Lady to help battle the alarming epidemic of obesity in the youth.
Kathleen Sebelius was the former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. She was the 21st person to serve in this position, serving from 2009 to 2014. Prior to this, she was the Governor of Kansas from 2003 to 2009. She was only the second woman to ever hold that office.
Janet Napolitano is best know for being the Former Governor of Arizona from 2003 to 2009. In addition to, she is a lawyer and university administrator. She was the United States Secretary of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2013.
Michele Bachmann is a former member of the United States House of Representatives. She represented Minnesota’s 6th congressional district from 2007 to 2015 as a Republican politician.
Mary Schapiro was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She served as the 29th Chair of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, taking the position on January 27, 2009.