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

Liberal feminists must be so happy. President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSanders: Trump couldn't be 'more wrong' on climate The danger of Spicer’s casual anti-semitism Trump voter who cast ballot illegally won’t be charged 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 McConnellMcConnell: Senate will pass short-term funding bill to avoid shutdown Lawmakers push one-week stopgap funding bill Overnight Finance: Inside Trump's tax plan | White House mulls order pulling out of NAFTA | New fight over Dodd-Frank begins 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 to keep up fight on sanctuary cities despite legal setback Suspended Alabama judge running for Senate Trump and Sessions peddle fear instead of solutions to crime 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 ClintonObama's speech proves hypocrisy of Democrat's anti-Wall Street rhetoric Lawmakers targeted as district politics shift Want a tremendous deal on infrastructure spending? Suspend Davis-Bacon 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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