Federal Executive

Vice President

Kamala Harris (D)
Kamala Harris became the first woman to hold the office of Vice President on January 20, 2021. She is also the first woman of color, the first Black person, and the first South Asian person elected to this office. Previously, Vice President Harris served in the U.S. Senate as well as California’s Attorney General.


Women in Presidential Cabinets
A listing of current and past women presidental cabinet officials. Nominees will be added as they are confirmed.

High-Level Presidential Appointments
List includes cabinet or cabinet-level positions, U.S. Supreme Court and other high-level positions.

Women Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates
Fact sheet on all women who have run for U.S. president and vice president.

Aiming High: Women Pursuing the Presidency
A Google Cultural Institute exhibit, curated by CAWP, conveying the history of American women seeking the nation's highest office in images and video. 



Women Appointed to the Carter Administration: A Comparison with Men

by Susan J. Caroll and Barbara Geiger-Parker
Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, 1983, 88 pages

This first-ever profile of women who have held high-level appointive offices at the federal level analyzes data about all the women and a sample of the men who served in high-level appointed positions under President Jimmy Carter. Women who served in selected positions on the president's and vice-president's staffs are also included.

CAWP Scholar
Women Political Appointees
Federal Executive