Trump's Cabinet could become one of the best for feminists in history

Liberal feminists must be so happy. President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJohnny Depp apologizes for Trump assassination comment Senate should seek to retain its 'blue slip' tradition for judicial nominees Trump to nominate economic aide for India ambassadorship: reports MORE this week announced his intention to nominate former Labor Department head Elaine Chao to serve as Transportation secretary in his administration, making her the third woman slated to serve in his cabinet, and the second minority woman.

 

This puts the president-elect on track to build one of the most pro-woman cabinets in history.

 

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Chao, the Asian-American woman who served as secretary of Labor under President George W. Bush and who is also married to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellThe Hill's 12:30 Report Spicer: When Trump wants to get something done, 'it's going to get done' GOP senator: I would have preferred ‘better’ process on ObamaCare repeal MORE, will join Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos and Indian-American South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, appointed respectively to serve as Education Secretary and Ambassador to the United Nations.
 

Gov. Haley, by the way, is the first Indian-American woman ever appointed to a Cabinet-level position. Now there are three women, two of them minorities! Funny, I don’t hear liberal feminists cheering for that.

 

We’ve all heard the schtick from liberals accusing Trump of being racist, Islamophobic, xenophobic, sexist and misogynistic. Yes, some of the ribald comments and derogatory insults Trump made were sexist. But liberals are overlooking a pretty significant characteristic of the future Trump administration when it comes to women.

 

Trump is on track to make history.

 

No more than four women have served simultaneously in a president’s Cabinet before. If he appoints one more, Trump will tie that record.

 

The number doesn’t even take into account K.T. McFarland, a Reagan-era Defense official named by Trump as deputy national security adviser, or Kellyanne Conway, who might be the most overlooked example of incredible female leadership in this election. Conway accomplished something no woman has done by rescuing a drowning Trump campaign and propelling her candidate all the way to victory. She’s now the first female campaign manager to ever win a presidential election. Talk about breaking a glass ceiling!

 
Women aside, the only Cabinet-level nominees officially announced to date have included Alabama Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsSessions backs LGBT Pride Month event Overnight Cybersecurity: Trump tweetstorm on Russia probe | White House reportedly pushing to weaken sanctions bill | Podesta to testify before House Intel Grassley: Comey must say if FBI investigated Sessions MORE for attorney general, Georgia Rep. Tom Price to lead the Department of Health and Human Services, Steven Mnuchin for Treasury and Wilbur Ross for Commerce. Come Jan. 20, these are the people who will govern our nation. Nearly half, so far, are women.
 

Liberals called Trump a misogynist for past statements, but his actions are speaking louder than his words.

  

Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonWH says Trump has 'no intention' of firing Mueller, despite criticism Georgia House race puts spotlight back on polls Senate panel questions Lynch on alleged FBI interference MORE urged women to vote for her because she’s a woman, using gender as a qualifier. The women selected by Donald Trump, on the other hand, are not qualified because they’re women. They’re serving because they’re incredibly qualified.

 

Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeleris the anchor of "Tipping Point with Liz Wheeler," which airs daily on the One America News Network. She graduated from Penn State with a bachelor's degree in political science and a minor in homeland security.

 

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