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
Fact sheet that provides information on current and past women presidental cabinet and cabinet-level officials, including historical milestones, counts by presidential administration, total counts by position, and biographical information.

High-Level Presidential Appointments in the Biden-Harris Administration
List of women currently in cabinet or cabinet-level positions and women currently serving in high-level staff positions in the Executive Office of the President.

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

Women on the U.S. Supreme Court
Fact sheet on all current and former women members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.

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Women Political Appointees
Federal Executive