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Obama's White House is a 'hostile environment for females that treats women like meat'

Posted by on Mar. 4, 2013 at 3:40 PM
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  • Allegations in Confidence Men: Wall Steet, Washington and the Education of a President, by Ron Suskind

Top female advisers felt left out by a boy's club in the White House where rampant infighting sabotaged the administration's economic decisions, according to a controversial new book.

Sidelined and ignored in the West Wing, some women aides reportedly complained to President Obama about their treatment in 2009.

In an excerpt obtained by the Washington Post, a female senior aide is quoted as calling the White House a hostile environment for women.

A new book alleges the White House can be a hostile environment for women to work in. President Obama, who goes home to a wife, two daughters and a mother-in-law at night, is not personally cited for any mistreatment

A new book alleges the White House can be a hostile environment for women to work in. President Obama, who goes home to a wife, two daughters and a mother-in-law at night, is not personally cited for any mistreatment

Confidence Men: Wall Steet, Washington and the Education of a President, by journalist Ron Suskind, is due out in the shops next Tuesday.

Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn calls the work environment 'hostile' in the book, which she now denies having said

Former Communications Director Anita Dunn calls the work environment 'hostile' in the book, which she now denies having said.

According to the Post, former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn says in the book: 'This place would be in court for a hostile workplace because it actually fit all of the classic legal requirements for a genuinely hostile workplace to women.'

Dunn denied to the Post that she made the remark, adding: 'The president is someone who when he goes home at night he goes home to a house full of very strong women. He values having strong women around him.'

But Suskind's book insists many women felt outmaneuvered by male colleagues such as former Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel and, Larry Summers, former chairman of the National Economic Council.

'I felt like a piece of meat,' Christina Romer, former head of the Council of Economic Advisers, said of one meeting with Summers.

The Post said Dunn raised the issue during the 2008 campaign when a TV ad was prepared without featuring a single woman.

Larry Summers
Rahm

In the book Larry Summers and Rahm Emanuel, now Mayor of Chicago, are cited as making women unhappy and feel outmaneuvered 

'I was dumbfounded. It wasn't like they were being deliberately sexist. It's just there was no-one offering a female perspective.'

The book also details internal squabbles between Obama's economic team, including Timothy Geithner

The book also details internal squabbles between Obama's economic team, including Timothy Geithner

'The president has a real woman problem. The idea of the boy's club being just Larry and Rahm isn't really fair. He (Obama) was just as responsible himself,' an unnamed high-ranking woman official told the author.

The book also reportedly details internal squabbling between Obama's economic team, among them Summers and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.

Based on interviews with more than 200 people, the book is being published at a sensitive time for Obama, who is facing the lowest public approval figures of his tenure.

However, in an interview today with the Post, Dunn takes issue with Suskind's depiction of the White House.

'It's a place where there is vigorous discussion back and forth. At various times people have issues with their colleagues, but we were united. I've been very clear that this is a president who values a diverse set of voices on every issue,' she said.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2038386/Obamas-White-House-hostile-environment-women-treated-like-meat.html#ixzz2MbYl8kas
 
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SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 4, 2013 at 10:02 PM

And I thought Obama really cares about women. Let's see:

- Pays WH female employees at 85% of, and $3,500 less than, male employee.

- Runs a WH which has been described by women in it as "a hostile environment for women."

- Has failed to focus enough attention on improving the economy, and failed to enact wise regulation that would greatly increase the numbers of jobs created. End result: Women are not finding jobs nearly as fast as men - on a 1 to 4 ratio.

Wow - Seems that the Obama administration is committing the REAL war on women.

Every woman I know would much rather have a good job, than free birth control. In a bind, they can buy their BC- if they have jobs. Doesn't work the other way around.  

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 3:06 AM

BUMP!

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 3:06 AM

BUMP!

143myboys9496
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 6:16 AM
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 You know, it makes me nauseated at how much truth is coming out now..Now that we're stuck with Barry the dictator for another 4 years.

When I said those very things during the election I was told I was talking out of my arse.

Quoting SallyMJ:

And I thought Obama really cares about women. Let's see:

- Pays WH female employees at 85% of, and $3,500 less than, male employee.

- Runs a WH which has been described by women in it as "a hostile environment for women."

- Has failed to focus enough attention on improving the economy, and failed to enact wise regulation that would greatly increase the numbers of jobs created. End result: Women are not finding jobs nearly as fast as men - on a 1 to 4 ratio.

Wow - Seems that the Obama administration is committing the REAL war on women.

Every woman I know would much rather have a good job, than free birth control. In a bind, they can buy their BC- if they have jobs. Doesn't work the other way around.  

 

"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have."---Thomas Jefferson

Carpy
by Platinum Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 6:53 AM
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There will be plenty coming out the next four years, now that people don't have to worry about the wrath of jeopardizing another four yrs.

JustCJ
by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 9:53 AM
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B-b-b-b-b-butttttt it's the republicans who wage 'the war on women'.

4kidz916
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

I don't find this hard to believe.  I think this is probably happening with more than just the current administration though.   The sad thing is that this administration makes themselves out to be such a friend of women.  

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

I seriously doubt it.

Critics of Bush, Clinton, Bush 41, Reagan, Carter, high appointed officials - who came out about TONS of other damaging charges about these former presidents - never said anything remotely similar about them. And they certainly had the opportunity.

No, this "hostile work environment" is something is something new. Or we wouldn't have even heard about it. And we would have heard about the others before. ESPECIALLY GWB.

If it were the case, we CERTAINLY would have heard of it. At least for R presidents.

Quoting 4kidz916:

I don't find this hard to believe.  I think this is probably happening with more than just the current administration though.   The sad thing is that this administration makes themselves out to be such a friend of women.  



4kidz916
by Gold Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I feel like women in any work environment are still treated worse and paid less than men.  It's a man's world in the work place, unfortunately.  I do agree that I'm sure we would have heard of the hostile work environment, especially if it was from a republican but I do think the pay issue has been there for all administrations.  

Quoting SallyMJ:

I seriously doubt it.

Critics of Bush, Clinton, Bush 41, Reagan, Carter, high appointed officials - who came out about TONS of other damaging charges about these former presidents - never said anything remotely similar about them. And they certainly had the opportunity.

No, this "hostile work environment" is something is something new. Or we wouldn't have even heard about it. And we would have heard about the others before. ESPECIALLY GWB.

If it were the case, we CERTAINLY would have heard of it. At least for R presidents.

Quoting 4kidz916:

I don't find this hard to believe.  I think this is probably happening with more than just the current administration though.   The sad thing is that this administration makes themselves out to be such a friend of women.  




SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Mar. 5, 2013 at 12:01 PM

The reason in the private sector is women taking time off to raise children. If you factor that out, the pay is equivalent.

You do know that Obama pays his female staff only 85% of the salary of male staff?This has been tracked over time, and has come out repeatedly in the news.

Why would a president who claims to practice equality in the workplace, consistently pay his female employees less? And the administration has even acknowledged it is a problem that needs to be addressed.

I suppose it is a  good thing that the salary of women vs. men in Obama's presidency increased from 80% of men's salary to 85% - an improvement - but still a disparity.

Ironic for a president committed to fight the "War against Women" - one issue being lower pay for women vs. men in the private sector.

People in glass houses... 


Quoting 4kidz916:

I feel like women in any work environment are still treated worse and paid less than men.  It's a man's world in the work place, unfortunately.  I do agree that I'm sure we would have heard of the hostile work environment, especially if it was from a republican but I do think the pay issue has been there for all administrations.  

Quoting SallyMJ:

I seriously doubt it.

Critics of Bush, Clinton, Bush 41, Reagan, Carter, high appointed officials - who came out about TONS of other damaging charges about these former presidents - never said anything remotely similar about them. And they certainly had the opportunity.

No, this "hostile work environment" is something is something new. Or we wouldn't have even heard about it. And we would have heard about the others before. ESPECIALLY GWB.

If it were the case, we CERTAINLY would have heard of it. At least for R presidents.

Quoting 4kidz916:

I don't find this hard to believe.  I think this is probably happening with more than just the current administration though.   The sad thing is that this administration makes themselves out to be such a friend of women.  






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