One of my favorite moments during last Wednesday’s National Feminist Town Hall –somewhere between the pizza and the ice cream Gloria Feldt served Kristen Loveland and I as we all tried to figure out that newfangled Mogulus video/livechat thingy–was when participating bloggers started using the chat feature to throw out suggestions for President-elect Obama’s cabinet. We probably won’t know for sure about many of these appointments til after Thanksgiving, but it sure was fun to speculate.
But what’s even MORE fun to think up right about now are all the new offices and agencies we’d like to see–like the visionary ladies who participated in NCRW’s Transition Forum on Friday were asked to do. WHP President Marie Wilson thought there should be a Presidential Commission on Women and Democracy. NWSA Executive Director (and GWP blogger!) Allison Kimmich called for the creation of a Federal Department of Women’s Affairs. Women’s eNews founder Rita Henley Jensen threw in for an Office of Maternal Health, a Title IX Taskforce, and a Special Advisor on Judiciary Appointments.
During the next 11 weeks, we’re gonna hear a lot of names thrown out. Here’s a cheat sheet, courtesy of Yahoo News, and another via CBS, listing some of the names currently being floated around. (Thanks, Lucinda Marshall, for the heads up.) While you’re at it, be sure not to miss GWP blogger Veronica Arreola’s post over at the WMC, , titled “Larry Summers Was Not the Change I Was Expecting.” aHEM.
So…what kind of change are we expecting? I say we all weigh in, and dream large. Who do you want to see as Cabinet members, and what new offices, task forces, and commissions do you think there should be? Below is a list of currently available cabinet positions, but don’t feel constrained–feel free to make up your own, cause things are just way more fun that way:
Secretary of State Secretary of the Treasury Secretary of Defense Attorney General Secretary of the Interior Secretary of Agriculture Secretary of Commerce Secretary of Labor Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Secretary of Transportation Secretary of Energy Secretary of Education Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary of Homeland Security